Friday, October 4, 2013

Great American Shoot-em Ups

The iconic gun fight, whether at High Noon or in the OK Corral -- a great American tradition for (we were told and apparently believe still) maintaining law and order.  These days what I read in the paper is usually not about a duel, more often about an unarmed person is riddled with bullets from policeman's guns.

I don't know what was going on with that young woman from Brooklyn yesterday in Washington but I am once again sickened that an unarmed person ended up riddled with bullets from policemen's guns.  Usually, of course, it's a non-white young man with the cop's excuse "I thought I saw him reach for a gun."  What fear, what love of shooting, what misdirected sense of duty, makes these cops so ready to shoot people? 

There was a child in that car.  It's miraculous that the child wasn't hurt in the rain of bullets. The incident, and so many others I've read with great frequency, makes me sick at my stomach and ashamed of this country's trigger happiness. It's our tradition.  It includes sending jillions of arms and thousands of men into foreign countries ready to shoot on a moment's notice.  Sunday's NYTimes had a major article on children killing other children with guns found loaded in their homes.  Isn't anyone else horrified?

3 comments:

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

JUNE -- I find it difficult to believe that if they were so afraid of this woman and child -- why they didn't just shoot out her tires. Come on guys, we don't have to shoot everyone that is acting a bit peculiar. I imagine that those police are having second thoughts about their sad deed they pulled off yesterday.-- barbara

June Calender said...

I hope they're having second thoughts but I suspect they're feeling righteous that it could have been a car bomb headed for the capitol and they did the "appropriate" thing.

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Sickening! If they thought a bomb then shoot out the tires!
The video showed they had plenty of opportunity to stop that car.