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Well, what do you know? A violent altercation ends in multiple deaths after criminal white gangs, who happen to ride motorcycles, brutally attacked each other in a so-called “family” restaurant with no regard for children present. I can’t say that there were any “innocent” civilians other than the children, seeing as how many adults decided to bring said children to an establishment known for criminal activity. Five rival gangs showed up at some scummy “Hooters” – style ‘restaurant,’ with the knowledge and permission of the owners, and proceeded to engage in mindless violence. What vicious thugs. From the Huffington Post:
“Several people were killed Sunday afternoon in a shootout between rival biker gangs outside the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas.
Waco police say eight were killed, another died in the hospital, and 18 were injured as hundreds of bikers from several factions skirmished just after noon in the Central Texas Marketplace.
“There are dead people still there, there is blood everywhere … There are bullet holes in vehicles all over the parking lot,” Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said at a press conference.
Waco police announced on Monday that 192 people were being arrested and will be charged with engaging in organized crime.
Police were already on the scene due to previous gang activity at the marketplace. Swanton said that a fight started between men from several “criminal biker gangs” inside the restaurant, then spilled out to the street. Chains, clubs, knives, guns and “up to 100 weapons” were used by hundreds of bikers. Identities of suspects and victims weren’t immediately released, but Swanton said that all of them were thought to be biker gang members flying colors from five different factions.
No officers or civilians were injured when the fight erupted, but police exchanged gunfire with several suspects and may have “injured or killed” them, Swanton said.
The crime scene is secure, though some restaurants in the area were on lockdown after the incident, KXXV reports. Police said that more people arrived with weapons as news of the gang fight spread, and the newcomers were arrested on sight.”
A “skirmish.” This is what this horrific scene is being called: a “skirmish.” Peaceful protesters are labeled with the most mindless, racist terms imaginable, but this brutal event is being called a “skirmish.” How charming. Even more charming are the inane comments stating that the term “skirmish” has been accurately applied. Well then, you idiots who are so concerned about every noun, verb, adjective, or adverb being used just so precisely and perfectly, I sincerely hope you are just as dedicated to correcting those who are misusing the term “thug.” I won’t hold my breath, though…selective reporting, selective outrage, circular reasoning, and confirmation bias – it’s all the same pile of shite.
Must be nice to have engaged in a public brawl that ended in nine deaths, yet still be allowed to use your cell phone while a cop stands with his back to you. No handcuffs or leg irons; no knees in backs, no faces smashed into the pavement or on the hood of a police car. An excellent article, also in the Huffington Post, poses some very important questions:
“Following a spate of white-on-white violence over the weekend in Waco, Texas, that claimed nine lives and resulted in scores of casualties and over 190 arrests, there has been a marked lack of interest in talking about where the event fits into the epidemic of such white criminal behavior in the U.S. — despite the fact that every year, more white people are murdered by white people than by any other group.
In recent years, a national pattern has begun to emerge in the wake of shootings in which a black man is killed by a white man. Of course the death is a tragedy, goes the narrative, but the dead man probably provoked the killing somehow — and more importantly, if you truly care about young black men, why aren’t you more concerned about black-on-black violence?
The same pattern doesn’t hold even when white-on-white crime unfolds in full view of the nation, as it did in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks Restaurant on Sunday.
Yet white-on-white crime should be a huge concern — because it’s out of control. Granted, there are 201 thugs off the streets for the time being, but what about the rest of them?
Around 83 percent of white victims in 2011 were murdered by other whites, based on the most recent FBI homicide data.
As many as 3,172 white people were killed in 2011 — and 2,630 of them lost their lives at the hands of another white person. This is compared to 2,695 black people, 2,447 of whom were killed by another black person.”
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The other thing that pisses me off about this is that it gives we REAL bikers a bad name. Bullshite shows like Sons of Anarchy or Full Throttle Saloon, and events such as Sturgis or Daytona Beach just make me cringe. Criminal elements such as the Hell’s Angels, Gypsy Jokers, or the Bandidos make any motorcycle run hazardous – especially since they are the “1%ers” who are proud of their criminal and white supremacist ties. Honest bike clubs are assumed to be criminal gangs…and that offends myself, and every other honest rider, greatly. Clubs such as the Seattle Magic Wheels, or their sister group, the Zodiac Angels, do a lot of good for the communities they support. I have friends and relatives involved in both, and always look for any member when I’m on a long road trip.
We stay away from the large groups, especially if they’re sporting “outlaw” patches. For that matter, if you don’t know how to identify the various patches, avoid any people wearing the “MC.” Small groups of unpatched people are usually going to be family and / or friends, so would be fairly safe to approach and speak with if you want to hear a good tale of the road. Trust that me and mine are nowhere near anyplace called “Twin Peaks,” and we certainly don’t associate or socialize with so-called “bikers.”
We ride and enjoy our freedom. These terrorists threaten it…and that pisses me off.
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