12ozProphet Forum Shot of the Day: Get Him Before He Goetz You

By - Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

{image-1} Here is our 12ozProphet Forum Shot of the Day. This rare shot of an end-to-end wholecar that reads “get him before he Goetz you” a reference to “The Subway Vigilante” Bernhard Goetz. Scroll down to learn more about Goetz and how he came to symbolize the chaos that was NYC in the 1980’s. This photo was posted in the New York City thread in the Writers Forum by 90SBROOKLYN. “Bernhard Goetz is an American man best known for shooting four young men who tried to mug him on a New York City Subway train, resulting in his conviction for illegal possession of a firearm. He came to symbolize New Yorkers’ frustrations with the high crime rates of the early 1980s. The incident occurred on a No. 2 train in Manhattan on December 22, 1984. It sparked a nationwide debate on race and crime in major cities, and the legal limits of self-defense. Goetz fired an unlicensed revolver five times, seriously wounding all the muggers. Following this incident, he was dubbed the “Subway Vigilante” by the New York press, and was both praised and vilified in the media and in public opinion. He surrendered to police nine days later and was eventually charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offenses. A jury found him not guilty of all charges except an illegal firearms possession count, for which he served two-thirds of a one-year sentence. The incident has been cited as a contributing factor to the groundswell movement against urban crime and disorder, and successful National Rifle Association campaigns to loosen restrictions on the concealed carrying of firearms.” (via Wikipedia)

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