Life is unfair – and so is death

By Nathan Barton

“Life’s unfair… and then you die,” is a saying that you don’t hear much.  Especially not in the Fifty States of the 21st Century.

Neither is another once-commonly accepted concept: you are responsible for the results of your actions.

For some reason, in going through the news on-line this morning, an old story from April 2017 popped up. The Blaze reported on a bad situation which went down in Wagoner County near Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March 2017, nearly three years ago.

Three men, wearing black with black masks, carrying brass knuckles and at least one knife, broke into a house. There, they confronted the homeowner’s 23-year-old son, who shot all three of them in the house with an AR-15.  All three died on the scene.  Their getaway driver, who admitted to planning the burglary, was unharmed and later turned herself into police. She was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of burglary. (I don’t know if she was convicted or not.)

But now for the interesting part.  First, all three of these men, these burglars, were teens: sixteen, seventeen and eighteen.  (Their driver is 21.) I call them men, not juveniles nor juvenile delinquents, because they were acting as (evil) men. The man who shot and killed them, defending his home and his parent(s), could not tell how old they were or were not.  All he could see what a clear and present threat, in the form of the knuckles and knives.  Both of which could and have killed people.  With three to one odds, and clearly indicating their evil intent by their disguises.

The 71-year-old grandfather of one of the dead believed the death was unjustified because the homeowner’s AR15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars. Speaking to KTUL, the grandfather acknowledged that breaking into a house was “stupid,” but death was not the appropriate consequence. “What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. “Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?”

Readers will no doubt see the many errors in these remarks. Especially from someone with seven decades of experience.  Someone who should know better.

But who does not.

Surely he should know that actions have consequences.  Decisions result in actions, and bad decisions result in bad results. Those three dead men (or boys) made some very bad decisions, took some really stupid actions, and were killed for their stupidity.  Even if their relatives (and friends) can’t understand why life isn’t fair, and why government (or someone else) should take actions to remove all risk from life.  As if they could.

So why do I bring this up, nearly three years later?

Because it is such a perfect example of something we see every day.  Not just in the news, but in our daily lives. You do something stupid (or something that people claim is stupid or bad) years ago, and suddenly someone finds out and publicizes what you did.  And suddenly, you find yourself without a job, or with your reputation destroyed.  Or even in court. Or with someone (literally) gunning for you. We could spend a thousand words just listing the well-known names who have made that mistake in recent months. (For example, how Pelosi and Schumer whinged and demanded equal time for Trump’s Tuesday night televised speech, claiming it was “not fair.”)

Actions have consequences.  Life is unfair.  Sometimes we do not understand what the consequences of our actions can be.

People can survive forgetting that now and then.  If they are blessed by providence (have the good luck) to avoid them.  But in the long run, things catch up with us.  And we pay the price for what we do.

If we truly love and want liberty for ourselves, our family, our friends, and our community, we cannot forget that actions have consequences.  And many times, those consequences cannot be avoided.

But too many people: voters, politicians, business controllers, and more, think that they (and we) CAN avoid responsibility for what we do. That there will always be some way to sidestep and avoid the bad things that can happen when we make (or support) stupid decisions.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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5 Responses to Life is unfair – and so is death

  1. Sam Boes says:

    We have yet another situation where someone defended their home and family and ended up killing the home invaders. Four invaders, apparently armed, after midnight early Saturday morning: neighbors ran for cover. The homeowner shot four, with three dying. The next morning, people identified as relatives of the dead home invaders were apparently at the scene protesting.


    • TPOL Nathan says:

      Every incident like this, and the screaming aftermath, is yet another blow to the integrity and stability of our society. Later reports indicate that the four invaders were not there to rob, but instead to confront the man who killed and wounded them. The scant evidence reported publicly, including the large numbers of shells found on the street, may indicate quite a firefight. In our modern times we can get a bit of a gage on the public response, and it is either “all for” or “totally against.”


  2. Samuel Clemens Boes says:

    This sounds very much like what happened just a few days ago in Arizona:


    • TPOL Nathan says:

      It does indeed, and has happened time and time again. People’s ethics and morals are most challenged when it is a close family member who does something they (previously, at least) considered unethical or immoral.


  3. kewpeekid says:

    Yes everyone is responsible for their own actions. These three men/boys were old enough to know better. Too bad their 71 year old grandfather did not teach them this before it was too late.

    I wrote a blog back in Jan of 2017 at titled Donte’s Death about a similar case here in Racine WI. Donte was a 17 year old who ran from police after a traffic stop. Eventually he turned and faced his pursuers armed with a handgun. He was shot and killed. Many of his friends and relatives said he was a good boy that did not deserve to die. People were asking the police chief why the cops did not just shoot him in the leg. But ultimately the only person responsible for his death was him. If he had not run, if he did not have a weapon, if he did not point it at the police, he would be alive today.


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