British study: robbers enjoy violence
The Daily Mail reports on a study of convicted British robbers... 36% of whom had been arrested more than fifty times...
"Robbers increasingly carry out their vicious attacks for 'kicks' and street credibility rather than cash, a chilling study reveals.
The research, based on interviews with 120 sentenced criminals, said many simply had a desire for brutal violence rather than financial gain. ...
"It's for the fun. 'Cos the point of street robbery is to get them to fight back, innit? I'd give him a couple of slaps and tell him to fight back," said one criminal. "If he won't fight back, we just give him a kick and go."
Sometimes, theft was only an afterthought, with the crime being prompted by "anger and the desire to start a fight", the report says.
"I picked a fight with someone on the street. They were the first people I come across," said one thug. "I started hitting one of them and calling him names and said, 'What are you looking at?' and stuff like that. Then I can't remember how, but I started hitting him and then I just jumped on him. Punched him, turned him over, went through his pockets."
I saw this movie once. Out for a bit o' the ultra-violence.
Posted by: Beerslurpy at November 29, 2006 09:09 PM
Yup, that was a cult flick back in college. Loved the music.
Posted by: Jim at November 29, 2006 11:07 PM
Oh my god, me droogs, me comments 'ave been published.
Posted by: Beerslurpy at November 30, 2006 04:26 AM
You forgot to quote the bit that a quarter have carried a gun and 35% usually carry a knife. Although since British newspapers, cops, pundits and academics frequently treat real firearms, airguns, blank-firing guns and replica-firearms as "guns" this doesn't tell us THAT much.
Posted by: Pepe at November 30, 2006 12:19 PM
I wonder just how popular this pastime would be if the UK had concealed carry? I'll wager that most of these punks would think better about attacking someone not kmowing if they were packing heat or not. Easy to cow a disarmed population in a country where carrying a pocketknife is a felony.
Posted by: Dave at December 1, 2006 09:48 AM