When is it going to end? More untreated mental illness, societal ills and anger. Some attacks are by terrorists, disgruntled people, racists, deranged, etc. Our government does nothing. They talk about declaring war on ISIS, asking for prayers, moments of silence, vigils, constant news coverage with opinions. hashtags # blue livematter, #all lives matter, #blacklives matter. Politicians chiming in on what they would do if they were in power. The NRA declares better and more guns would solve the problem. If police lives matter, you wouldn’t give guns to civilians that have repeating rounds. If black lives matter, you wouldn’t call to hang president obama or call black people thugs. If all lives matter, you wouldn’t dimish the deaths with an I’ll pray for you. No one ever said only black lives matter. We are acutely aware that black gangs kill each other. The difference is- if Tyrone kills Damone in the street, Tyrone is apprehended and prosecuted. No one mentions anything disparaging about Damones past or if he smoked a joint in 2014. If Damone is shot by a white or a cop, they dig into his past to justify it. They run his name through the mud. They find every excuse, mental illness, feared for their life,etc for the shooter who may or may not go to trial. Thats what it is about accountability. If I shoot someone, even in self defense, they should at least look into it. Anyone can say I am afraid and I thought he had a gun. Who can challenge it? Dead men tell no tales. When they don’t find a gun, oh they reached in their pocket. I thought they were going for a gun. There hands were up, well they reached for something and then put them up. Cops have tasers, clubs, cars, and many weapons at their disposal. Why is the gun the first choice to solve any problem? I don’t think all lives matter, or we wouldn’t be so quick to choose a gun to solve a problem. I want my own hashtag. #Anne for peace.
Not a usual day at the office. My client comes in. ” I got shot Tuesday” and holds up his shirt to show me a big bandage on his back. He is 18. He was riding a bike at 8 pm with a friend. It was a drive by. He saw 3 guys but can’t identify them. Too dark, too fast, he was running. The bullet just missed his spine. He is having some PTSD symptoms. I had the usual talk about choices and safety. You go where your friends go. His Medicaid has ran out. How is he going to pay his big medical bill? He is on probation so he didn’t have a gun to protect himself. What good would it have done two kids shooting each other like the ok corral?
What is the answer? Black lives Matter. Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse when they shoot each other? Does it only hurt when the shooter is white? Stop the madness. I want to get off.