David Codrea discusses a new “shoot to wound” policy on EXAMINER.COM. CLICK LINK HERE
Sadly, the idea is hardly new.
The cultural origin of some of these dangerous concepts are vast and deep.
Before We, the Baffled, were blessed with Hollyweird movies and television scripts, there came the Victorian Era of writers when authors such as Charles Dickens made a fortune with his picture of the ultimate Businessman- Ebenezer Scrooge- and America had a remarkably successful author in one Martha Finley.
Largely unknown to the modern age Martha Finley was a prolific Christian theme author who wrote a number of childrens books between 1867 and 1905 which extolled the virtues of the proper Christian Life with memorable portraits and templates that resonated through movies and stories into at least the middle of the 20th Century.
The books were distributed in Sunday Schools up until the 1950s and 60s!
Here from page 113 of Elsie’s Womanhood is Martha Finley’s description of a violent home invasion. The book was published in 1875 and is set on the eve of the American War Between the States–probably 1859 or 1860.
It is pure speculation to wonder how many young girls minds were forever imprinted by this picture of a violent gunfight because of the good intentions of this one author.
Presumably if both the villain and the homeowner are armed with revolvers they are the high technology cap-and-ball Remington 1860 or Navy 1858 black powder pistols of the day.
>Her husband lay sleeping by her side. She half raised herself in the bed, put her lips to his ear, and shaking him slightly, whispered, “Edward, some one is trying to get in at the window!”
>He was wide-awake in an instant, raised himself and while listening intently took a loaded revolver from under his pillow and cocked it ready for use.
>Lie down, darling,” he whispered; “it will be safer, and should the villain get in, this will soon settle him, I think.”
>”Don’t kill him, if you can save yourself without,” she answered, in the same low tone and with a shudder.
>”No; if I could see, I should aim for his right arm.”
>A moment of silent waiting, the slight sound of the burglar’s tool faintly heard amid the noise of the storm, then the shutter flew open, a man stepped in; at that instant a vivid flash of lightning showed the three to each other, and the men fired simultaneously.
>A heavy, rolling crash of thunder followed close upon the sharp crack of the revolvers; the robber’s pistol fell with a loud thump upon the floor and he turned and fled along the veranda, this time moving with more haste than caution. They distinctly heard the flying footsteps.
>” I must have hit him,” said Mr. Travilla. “Dearest, you are not hurt?”
>” No, no; but you?”
>”Have escaped also, thank God,” he added, with earnest solemnity.
>Elsie, springing to the bell-rope, sent peal after peal resounding through the house.
>…………… Yes, there lay a heavy revolver, and beside it a pool of blood on the carpet where the villain had stood; and there was a bloody trail all along the veranda where he had run, and on the railing and pillar by which he had swung himself to the ground; indeed they could track him by it for some distance over the lawn where the trees kept the ground partially dry………
I will leave it to the Crime Scene Investigators to analyze the numerous flaws in this account and say only this fictional scene from 1875 would make any Brady Bunch Hollyweird scriptwriter proud.
And yet, today, we all live in the Brady Bunch world Martha Finley created because the good Christian womenfolk of our time give credence to her portrait of the life and times of Elsie Dinsmore.
Elsie Dinsmore books can be viewed or read in several places online: