A woman calls her brother when she hears someone attempting to force entry into her house in the middle of the night. Her brother shows up and discovers a black-clad man in a balaclava on the premises, who proceeds to lunge at him with a knife. He fires in self-defense and the figure collapses, fatally wounded.
When the police arrive, the figure is unmasked and it turns out to be the man's 15-year-old adopted son, adopted four years ago when the boy's biological father went to prison.
If you live in Great Britain or Australia, this vignette of violence from gun-besotted America is reported to you as:
Had this happened on your home turf, the papers would be wondering why an innocent and apparently much-loved elementary school teacher was carved up by his own son. Do you have a preference as to which of those stories you'd rather read? I know I do.