Folks, it’s practically an epidemic! Seemingly nary a day passes when the news isn’t reporting on some poor, defenseless man being gunned down by maniac, loose-cannon cops.
I broke out the British swears for this one.
Let me explain something to those of you that buy into this kind of reporting.
This minute’s “unarmed man” is the next minute’s armed man.
“But, MC,” you say. “How is that possible?”
Let’s take a look at the first two paragraph of the linked article.
The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.
Ezell Ford, 25, was unarmed when police confronted him Aug. 11 on a street near his home. Officers said they tried to speak with Ford, but ended up in a struggle in which they shot him when he tried to grab an officer’s gun.
The entire column is riddled with words designed specifically to raise issues of race and to piss off the general public. That is a whole other post in and of itself. The most important part of the column is the last sentence of the second paragraph.
“…He tried to grab an officer’s gun.”
Let me explain something to you. If you try and grab my gun, I am going to do my utmost to protect myself. That very likely includes me trying to kill you.
Does that upset you? Offend you?
Great. Don’t try to grab my gun and we can part if not friends, then at least continuing to breath in and out.
I have posted time and again about how powerful words are. I take great care in the things I say and write. I don’t always get it right, mind you, but if you see repeated terms or lines of thought, you can bet it was designed on purpose.
Cops are dying in droves these days and I am convinced part of the reason is they are nervous to act in their own defense because they fear what happens next. Will they be vilified in the court of public opinion? Will they get death threats? Will they lose their house? Their family? Their job?
When you read headlines like the one linked to above or, for that matter, of this post, remember something. They are designed to get you to click through and read. They are designed to elicit an emotional response from you. I chose this title in response to the ridiculousness of the linked column.
Don’t read a headline and jump to conclusions about what is contained within. Read the whole thing through the filtered lens of common sense. There are hints within that may lead you to a better picture of the story.
He [family’s attorney] refused to comment on Ford’s criminal record, which includes a conviction for illegally possessing a loaded firearm. He also wouldn’t discuss Ford’s mental issues.
Huh. Weird. Perhaps the cops were, uh..what’s it called…doing their jobs?
Question: Do you think the media’s use of terms like “unarmed” is responsible journalism designed to report the facts or sensational journalism designed for some other purpose? You can leave a comment by clicking here.