By Ned Wicker
The New York Daily News had an item this morning that caught my attention.
It was about a couple who were shooting off rounds in their back yard at imaginary gangsters.
The story by Anthony Bartkewicz mentioned that they had a “bag of guns” and were firing rounds into the air, to scare of the imaginary gangsters who were hiding underneath their porch.
The two were high on bath salts.
It seems that bath salts are in the news again.
The synthetic drug, and who knows what is in any particular batch, is known to cause bizarre, violent and disgusting behavior and in the case of Phillip and Donna Walls of Kings Mountain, N.C., it gave them a powerful hallucination or delusion.
Funny thing is, the story said they had the presence of mind to call 911 to report the “intruders.”
After firing several shots, the Walls made their way next door to break into the home of Richard and Debra Robinson.
Richard is a pastor and took action.
He talked to them calmly and they gave him the guns.
"I was little afraid, don't get me wrong,” Robinson told WSOC-TV. “But even in that state of mind, he had enough presence to ask me to pray for him.”
“They were delusional,” Debra Robinson said. “They really thought somebody was out to kill them.”
The police arrived and took them to a local hospital. They were later carted off to jail and charged with breaking and entering and “going armed to the terror of the people (Robinsons),” according to the Gaston Gazette.
The story went on to say that the couple had a history of using bath salts, but that no bizarre behavior like this had happened before.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a story like this and it certainly isn’t going to be the last.
Sold under the guise as “bath salts” some people call it synthetic marijuana, and smoke it as a legal alternative to grass, but strange and dangerous things seem to happen routinely.
Many municipalities have banned the stuff, but people still manage to find it.
Recently there was the story of the cannibal in Florida, who was finally caught on a bridge by the police.
Report after report of people doing things that even Hollywood, in all of its violent sickness can’t come up with.
Who is the villain here?
There’s plenty of blame to go around.
The couple that was smoking this junk has to claim some responsibility for their decision to take “bath salts” and smoke it.
Money is the ONLY goal
The people who sell this garbage know that the buyers are going to abuse it, but that doesn’t matter as long as they can make money selling it legally.
The people who make the drug know exactly what they are doing and work hard to stay one step ahead of the sheriff.
That is they will change the formula to make sure they are within the law, but know knows what is really in any particular batch because there is no FDA approval process.
Whose to blame?
Who is the villain?
Human nature is the villain, because all of us are willing to push the limits when we want something badly enough.
Smoking bath salts is so extremely stupid it defies logic, but some people call bath salts legal marijuana and smoke it to achieve the same effect.
They get something other than the desired results, but what the heck, it’s legal, isn’t it?
People do crazy things.
People look for an escape, or relaxation, or just a break from the routine of life or the pressures of the day.
They look to something to make them feel good.
They think they need a substance to help them along, and they think they can handle that substance and control everything.
It’s all a lie.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the human experience is our ability to rationalize anything.
I know some folks who firmly believe that if they can’t drink alcohol at any function, they won’t have a good time.
Every event in their life becomes an excuse to drink, from a church picnic to a four year-old child’s birthday party.
The couple in North Carolina was obviously rationalizing their need to smoke bath salts.
We need an excuse because we need a reason to stretch the limits.
We make it all sound so natural, so reasonable.
They smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes.
They abuse prescription medication, but hey, it’s medicine so it’s good for you, right?
Who knows what was going through the mind of somebody whacked out on bath salts.
They have it all under control and they don’t have a problem.
Tell that to the neighbors after you break into their house at gunpoint, lamenting about gangsters under your porch.