a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
The shooting of a 22-year-old college baseball player in Duncan, Okla., last week was just the latest example of the increasing number of young sociopaths being raised in our country.
According to CNN, Australian Christopher Lane was jogging when three teenage boys decided to shoot him. The motive? Local Police Chief Danny Ford told an Australian radio station:
"He (one of the suspects) said the motive was, 'We were going to kill somebody,' " Ford reported. Just anybody, at random. They were apparently bored and had nothing better to do.
Lane was in the United States to get an education and play baseball at East Central University. He was exercising next to a road when the teens pulled up and shot him in the back. Security cameras caught pictures of the teens' car speeding away as Lane staggered to the ground at the edge of the road. The teens were arrested a couple of hours later.
Two of the teenagers have been charged with felony murder in the first degree, the third has been charged as an accessory.
The cold-bloodedness and the casual indifference to life shown by these teenagers has become an altogether too familiar fact of life. There was absolutely no reason to shoot Lane - the suspects didn't know him. He was a stranger.
There are repeated attempts to explain this type of behavior. Whether it is the desensitizing effect of violent video games, the breakdown of families, religion's lessening role in society, or the wide availability of guns, one thing is certain - something (or things) is causing too many youngsters to grow up without a conscience, with a penchant for violent behavior.
It is obvious that whoever gunned down Christopher Lane did not even regard him as a fellow human being. What is even scarier is that there were three such young sociopaths acting in concert in a town as small as Duncan, Okla.
No empathy, no regrets, no conscience. Murder for fun in small-town America.
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