It's been a deadly week in America and I'm sure many of you are still absorbing what took place this week. Consider this thread to be your chance to vent. Feel free to posts links to relevant stories. Read your comment if it is not approved and I'm sure you will see what was wrong with it. No racist comments, no personal insults.
It was surreal watching Dallas unfold Thursday night as one cop after another was shot and then died. This took place after videos of police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Anthony went viral. I think the St. Anthony police officer panicked and lost control of himself. The video shows the killing of Castile but also generates questions. Why is the police officer pulling his gun on a stop for a busted tail light? Was there an officer on the driver's side of the car? If not, why not or better what, why was the police officer not on the driver's side? The Sterling case was very disturbing. Yes, Sterling was a hoodlum. He was a convicted child molester. He was arrested more than a few times. However, the constitution didn't create exceptions for hoodlums. It protects those at both the top and bottom of the totem pole.
Thankfully we have this wonderful invention called the courtroom. The facts are going to come out and we are going to find out what happened in these two homicides. They are homicides. The only question is whether they were justifiable and make no mistake, convicting these cops of murder or manslaughter doesn't bother me at all if any of these cops did indeed commit those crimes. None of them are above the law.
Meanwhile expect the activists and politicians on both sides try to take advantage of these tragedies. It's sickening at times but it's what they do. Then there was Matt Drudge and his headline Thursday night:
Nothing like pouring gasoline on the fire, eh, Matt? Don't get too smug criticizing Drudge. Protestors were screaming "F*** the Police" in Atlanta while cops were dying in Dallas. Protestors were taunting the Dallas police at a nearby 7-11 AFTER the cops were shot and killed. Classy.
Say a prayer for everyone if you go to church tomorrow. This country needs it.
Note (6:00 PM) WLBT just reported that the Dallas shooter learned his tactics at a self-defense school. I had questioned where he learned his combat skills. He was an Army reservist but he served in a combat engineer unit. That means in basic training he spent less than two weeks on a rifle and virtually none in AIT. He probably spent close to half of his BRM training on dry-fire drills. Anyone remember the washers? The point is, non-infantry troops learn very little combat and patrol tactics in basic or MOS training.