10. Bernie Goetz was a New Yorker who was concerned about crime in the city. After he got on a subway in the afternoon, four African-American youths approached Goetz and demanded $5 from him. He pulled out a gun and shot all four of them. Then he shot one of the youths again, as he lay on the floor, severing the spinal cord and paralyzing him. Goetz escaped from this tragic event with no harm and was never actually caught by the authorities, but later turned himself in. Many New York citizens deemed him a hero. The case brought about the debate as to whether the people have the right to take the law into their own hands. Goetz was convicted of only illegal possession of firearms and sentenced to 8 months in prison. Afterwards, the youth he paralyzed sued and won a $43 million judgement. People to this day still fight over the fact that people should or should not be allowed to carry guns around the streets that they live in. But the matter of the fact is, that it is every legal citizen’s constitutional right to carry a firearm if they are legally allowed and able to do so. Billy probably included this in his song because it was a big deal when it took place, and is still a big deal to this day. SOCIAL.