I don’t quite know how to describe the death of Ahmaud Arbery apart from calling it a tragedy. There are any number of articles containing every sort of view possible. Lest someone complain about my observation, I regard this death as a tragedy for the alleged killers, their friends and supporters, the black community and perhaps others who may yet become involved in this mess.
The reports seem to allege that Armhaud Arbery had been linked to burglaries in the local area. He was seen running – the press uses the term “jogging”, it is not clear if this was his neighbourhood but that is a secondary and ultimately unimportant point. Three white men armed themselves and apparently gave chase. Arbery was stopped, an armed struggle ensued and he was shot dead.
Allegedly no Georgia laws were broken by the pursuers. Open carry is legal. So is citizens arrest. So is the use of deadly force in defense. Arbery had a criminal record but the pursuers didn’t know that.
I am reminded of the Trayvon Martin case. I think that also pivoted on suspicion of criminal activity as a justification for the premeditated use of deadly force.
I think it is valid to ask the question: just how is a black person supposed to respond to white men, not officers, carrying guns? What would have happened if Arbery had been armed and, in fear for his own life, shot and killed his attackers? What if the pursuers had also been black? Are incidents like these an unfortunate, predictable and consequential outcome of the Second Amendment that have to be born lest tyranny reappear?
If this is not a fit subject for discussion at SST, I will be happy for this post to be deleted.