Payback is Never Good for Anyone

Payback is Never Good for Anyone

Everyone loves an anniversary. Well, it used to be that way until there were anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. The Columbine school shooting, April 20, 1999; and Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012.

These anniversaries are stark reminders that all is not well, and that your hometown could be the next horrible shooting.

That sort of tragedy lit up Dallas a year ago as a heavily armed sniper gunned down police officers during a somewhat peaceful march in downtown. Five of those officers were murdered. Since when did killing law enforcement become okay?

The shooter specifically set out to kill as many white officers as he could. It was premeditated as he kept an arsenal in his home, including bomb-making materials. One year ago marked the kind of retaliatory violence that never ends well.

Because we are involved in the security and news business, Security Today staff watched and listened to news reports as they were issued. We were, literally, on the edge of our seats as this horrible event unfolded. One sniper, numerous gunshots and scores of victims that officials wondered if there was more than one person involved. How could one person cause this much destruction? The shooter engaged police in a prolonged gun battle in a wild series of shootings that stretched for city block after city block. Finally, the shooter was cornered in a parking garage where negotiations took place.

As I listened to the events unfold, gathering tidbits of news, in the end, I felt a sick and uneasy feeling about the direction of our society at large. I had similar feelings on 9/11. How could this happen in America? Why would this happen in Dallas?

This is not the kind of anniversary, we, as Americans should be thinking about. There are bad apples in every bucket: bad police, bad journalists … bad doctors. Bringing local law enforcement to the brink in an armed urban battle is not the way to solve anything.

Dallas police sent a robot into the parking garage, armed with explosives. In a flash, the confrontation was over and we have another anniversary that didn’t need to happen.

“All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” said former Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown.

Amen. The answer must not be violence.

Posted by Ralph C. Jensen on Jul 07, 2017

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