(The Federalist) -- You have probably heard by now the story about a young man brutally murdered on a DC Metro train while the other passengers cowered in the corners and didn’t lift a finger to keep him from being carved to pieces before their eyes. It’s just another story that makes us feel like we’re sinking back into the bad old days of the 1970s, when criminals ruled the streets and the good citizens were too frightened to stand up to them.
But worse than the original story are the excuses afterward, starting with an account from one of the witnesses in the Metro car, who concludes:
"What I don’t wish is that I had somehow tried to attack the assailant. I am a little bit larger than he was, but I would not have won. It’s scary, because if we had been sitting closer and had seen the attack start I probably would have tried to help, and would have been stabbed."
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