Dozens of drivers crawling along in Sunday traffic on a busy St. Louis-area highway watched in horror as a woman, bleeding from a gunshot wound, leapt from a car and across several lanes of traffic, banging on vehicle windows and begging for help before her boyfriend chased her down and shot her in the head, then killed himself, authorities said.
Fortunately, the woman's 7-year-old daughter, who was in the car, was unharmed.
But here's the crux of the matter:
[The shooter] had a long criminal record, including a conviction for cocaine possession and delivery in 2004 that led him to spend almost three years behind bars, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. St. Clair County court records show he was due in court in next month after being charged with possession of marijuana and again in September over a pair of criminal trespass on state property charges.
What has society come to, where women will settle for this kind of man? She ended up paying for her poor judgement or lonliness or whatever moved her to have him in her life, with her life.
He wasn't worth it.
Now her traumatized child has to live without a mother.
How do we bring up a new generation of women who wouldn't give a man like that the time of day? Who would rather be independent and self-sufficient than to debase themselves, and risk their own and their children's lives, by getting close to losers?
Read Cracked.com's The 10 Most Important Things They Didn't Teach You In School for a less preachy lesson on how to separate the rose from the poison ivy:
Young ladies, you're in your teens now and already you have no doubt run into some guys who are being suspiciously nice to you. Likely you have figured out that in many cases, this has nothing to do with them being nice guys and everything to do with them desperately wanting you to touch their boner.
Now, some of these men will then become members of the Pick Up Artist Community, also known as the Seduction Community. This is a loose club of guys who see females as a collection of walking masturbation aids.
The Cracked.com author called them "douchebags". Sort of apropos.
All these guys want is a place to dip their wicks. Except the ones who also want to deal drugs out of your place or have you stash their dope for them.
I'm a case manager in a welfare-to-work program, and the clear and far away #1 reason women end up on welfare is that they have sex with losers.
Spend your time becoming the best person you can become, so that you'll attract a man who will treat you with dignity and respect. Who won't get you busted for possession or conspiracy. Who won't shake your baby to death or gun you down in traffic.
A woman needs to be, as Dr. Laura said, more than "just a wo-wo-wo on a man."