Let's have a general discussion of recent highly public violence in the US.
1 – The Baton Rouge police shooting in a convenience store parking lot of a recently released sex offender felon who seems clearly to have been shot repeatedly by a couple of policemen who had him pinned down on the ground. He was armed but panic among the police seems to me to have been a major factor in this killing.
2 – The Minnesota shooting by a policeman of a man halted for a traffic violation who informed the policeman that he was armed and had a permit for concealed carry of a firearm. He was then shot several times by the cop while he tried to pull his identification from a pants pocket. Once again, police fear and panic seem to have been a major factor in this killing. There is video filmed from within the car while the man was dying. The policeman can be seen outside the car and he seems very fearful and panicked.
3 – The attack on lightly armed Dallas, Texas area police by one or more assailants armed with rifles who managed to kill 5 policemen and wound seven others. One of the attackers was killed by police after some discussion between the shooter and hostage negotiators. In the course of the discussion the shooter told the police that the attack on the police was retribution for police killings of Blacks and that he was racially motivated by hatred of white people.
4 – Presidemnt Obama took the opportunity presented by the Dallas attack to agitate for his gun control obsession.
5 – The US MSM is doing its best to ignore the role it has played in the last couple of days in whipping up sentiment against police.
6 – Perhaps in discussing this we might consider the MSM led drive since Ferguson toward disarming and de-militarizing police tactical forces. pl