Rob Cox, who grew up and lives in Newtown, Connecticut, is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
The Great Debate
What causes people to kick, shove and even stab each other on Black Friday?
Each year there are reports of violence during the Black Friday sales. Last year, in Philadelphia – the City of Brotherly Love, no less – two families fought until one of the women ended matters with a stun gun. In a New Jersey Walmart, a belligerent shopper had to be pepper sprayed by police. And in Virginia, one man slashed another with a knife in an argument over a parking spot. This year, there are sure to be similar cases.
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