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Being human…

October 7, 2013

This is going to be short and sweet as I am commenting in the absence of any rigorous research.

Last week a woman was shoot and killed in Washington DC after ramming a security car and generally rampaging around DC.

She had a 1 year old in the car.

This all occurred in the middle of the Government shutdown.



So what gets me is this:

An unarmed woman – (apart from the car) – has to be shot and killed – don’t the security forces learn how to shoot anywhere but fatal?

The immediate news stories didn’t focus on the motivations – which I immediately presumed to being that she had flipped her lid after not being able to access some part of the system because of the outrageous shut-down – they focused on her sanity.

In fact the character assignation was immediate, and worse still repeated in New Zealand papers.

Where were the questions as to why she did this?

Where were the questions of why it had to be a fatal shot?

Has the right to bear arms in this country meant it has become immune to how we use them as long as the cause seems to fit loosely into  “ supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.[1]

I feel shamed to be part of a culture where when someone looses their life the immediate focus is on why this was justified,  rather than “how on earth did we put someone in this situation”.

I’m happy to be called a bleeding heart liberal if  this is all that is needed to qualify as such – but in reality I’m just trying to keep my humanity and compassion intact.

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