Posted: 10/04/13 00:46, Edited: 10/04/13 00:48
by Dave Mindeman
I just have to think out loud here.
This woman who was killed in DC today....everybody is talking about the good job done by the DC police and a lot of back patting for the officials involved, probably with some merit it to it....but without a lot of fact. I just have a feeling we are premature with this story.
After all, what intent do you have, if you go to the most secure area in the country, without a gun, and a 1 year old baby in the car?
Does that sound like a plot to you?
At one point, the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials had her car surrounded with at least a half dozen of them just a few inches from the car. Did they not see the child? And why didn't they just shoot out all four tires?
And if this woman was going to try to get into the White House or Capitol grounds by ramming her car through.....why was there hardly a dent in the vehicle when shown on the videos?
There is something not quite right about this.
Don't get me wrong - I am not faulting law enforcement on this - at least not so far. After all, the Navy Yard shooting is still fresh in everyone's mind and any threat near the White House is going to be handled quickly and severely.
But is it possible that with all the very public multiple shootings that have happened with way too much frequency lately....is it possible that we now have a tendency to over react? Have we leaped ahead with a shoot first, ask question later in these matters?
The facts are this woman was unarmed and transporting a child... (maybe it was hers, maybe it wasn't)....but there were law enforcement officers close enough to the vehicle to ascertain the threat level. And one of the officers that was hurt, hit a barricade...and the other, although hit by the car, was in the path of an obviously desperate/scared person.
I guess my bottom line question - did she have to die?
I know we have to get a lot more answers to some important questions, but have we reached a point where we are losing control of our reactions to things? With so much animosity in Washington and so many gun related tragedies, have we lost some perspective....maybe even lost some appropriate caution?
I am not making a judgment on this - just asking the question.