Teens are generally programmed to be a bit brazen, even get in a few scrapes with the law. But those scrapes are usually for something like speeding, not trying to murder cops.

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Four teens were arrested Dec. 1 for trying to kill two Tucson police officers.

Seems the teen quartet didn’t like that their attempted home invasion was interrupted by officers who arrived at the scene. So two of the teens shot at the officers with an assault rifle and a handgun, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.

Arrested were Alvaro Felix, 16; Martin Felix, 19; Gilbert Gamez, 18; and Jorge Flores, 17. Each faces two counts of attempted homicide, seven counts of aggravated robbery, seven counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of kidnapping. Seven people were in the house the teens allegedly invaded, demanding drugs. None of the residents were injured.

Do you know where your children are?

The games began around 1 a.m. when two officers were checking out a residence in the 200 block of East Elm Street after a hang-up call from the residence came in to 911.

The two officers, 3-year veteran Lucas Gossett and 1-year Jacy Palic, found the door ajar from a forced entry. They peeked inside and found an armed gunman and demanded he drop his weapon. Instead of complying, the first gunman was joined by a second gunman, both of whom began shooting at the officers.

“Multiple rounds were fired, all of which missed the officers by inches,” the release said. “Other rounds struck nearby homes. Both officers managed to take cover and keep sight of the residence.”

The four suspects then took off, but one officer was able to keep track of the vehicle and forward along the information. The four teens in the car were finally apprehended after a group effort by the Air Support Unit, K-9 officers and patrol units. They didn’t go quietly but rather tussled with arresting officers.

Nice kids.

And just in case you were wondering: “After speaking to the victim officers and interviewing the suspects, detectives determined that the suspects were indeed attempting to shoot the officers.”

You think?

Several issues arise over this one.

Criminals are getting younger. This trend has been on the horizon for the past few decades, and perhaps is best summed up by a trio of students who were suspended from a Philadelphia school in 2003. One hit a pregnant teacher in the stomach. Another exposed himself. A third stabbed a fellow classmate with a pencil. These kids were in kindergarten. They were also among the 33 kindergartners suspended from Philadelphia public schools that year.

Young people are getting lazier. It seems the younger set is becoming increasingly lazier, fatter and less motivated than the set before them. Some interns I’ve worked with, both from high schools and colleges, thought joining the workforce meant chatting about nail polish or listening to an iPod while sitting at a computer. One applied to a newspaper without even knowing how to type. At least they went through the motions. Others decide work is for sissies, especially when it’s quicker and easier to make money with home invasions, drugs and guns.

An essay in NewsMax.com promoting mandatory military service for teens tells us:

Each passing generation produces teenagers who are more and more brazen, disrespectful, lazy and ill-qualified for success in the real world. Thus, our society becomes more dangerous, depleted and dishonest every year. With one simple – albeit radical – move, our government could eliminate these problems and help our children and our country reach their potential. Mandatory military service, or conscription, could cure many of our societal ills and allow American teenagers to truly reach their potential.

I’m laughing but I’m also inclined to agree.

Respect is dying, if not dead. Never mind teens who cuss at their neighbors, elders or parents. We’re increasingly seeing young people who obviously have no respect for authority of any type, especially those in law enforcement.

Please note these are general statements and there are thankfully several exceptions to the rule. I’ve met parents who care and kids who are hard-working, respectful and a blessing to know. These exceptions would never dream of attempting a home invasion. And it’s definitely not on their agenda to try to kill a cop.

[tnipoll]

wb-logolilWhat do you think?

Do you notice the decay of society with each passing generation?

What values were you taught growing up that no longer seem to exist?

How do you keep your own kids from being sucked into the increasingly lazy heap of losers?

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