An unarmed 34-year-old woman suffering from postpartum depression is surrounded by the authorities while sitting in her car, and gunned down in cold blood. She is blocked in. She cannot move. And yet she is killed by heavily armed security officers. Her one-year old child witnesses this from the back seat. Why is this not a national tragedy? Miriam Carey was a young African-American woman who wanted to better herself. She went to college and graduated with a BA degree in health and nutrition science. She became a dental hygienist. One of her neighbors noted that it was obvious she was
Because her story doesn´t have the required LSM criteria. She was the wrong color, did not belong to the Tea Party, wasn´t a right wing conservative, and probably wasn´t a registered Republican. Matter of fact, if she did vote in the last 2 national elections, odds have it that she voted for our Dear Reader.
Like the author, I am asking the same questions. Was there no one on the scene who attempted to defuse the situation? Time after time when these tragedies strike we are given the opportunity to have a real discussion on the mental health crisis in this country and we fail to act which only assures that this will happen again. Mentally ill individuals apparently are the only ones the progressives insist on granting freedom to as opposed to making them dependent upon the state the way they would like to the rest of us.
Absurd article. She was not "gunned down in cold blood." At the very worst, a police over-reaction. But, hey, that happens sometimes when you try to break through the barricades at the White House and hit a Secret Service agent with your car, lead the police on a 20-block high speed chase through downtown D.C., ram a barricade leading to the Capitol building, and disregard a few hundred police ordering you to stop.
This article belongs on Huffington, not the American Spectator.
Not a national tragedy because we are all in midst of our own obMao caused trauma--who has time to feel for someone whose culture has made it okay to run from police, not submit to authority.
IOW the author is barking up the wrong tree--the national white or mainstream society psyche is frazzled, tired of the chaos and hardly wants to get whipped up over one more self-inflicted happening IMO.
If GWB were in office the editorial would blame his refusal to okay a continuing resolution or maybe the woman got the news about $1800 increase in healthcare costs under zero-care. One reason to do the get your own way behavior of suicide by cop is the feeling of lack of control.
Indeed, who/what can control the egregious actions, experimentations, unprecedented unlawfulness of the one who won and crowned himself emperor.
Death of a nation outweighs the plight of one lone crazed woman with a strange story-a blip in the radar and then gone. But the angels noticed...
#7 - that´s standard procedure with pretty much any law enforcement agency.
#4 - did you see any evidence that she intentionally tried to crash through a gate? Sure, we´ve been TOLD that, but where is the evidence. And running away the way she did, that requires a response of "a few hundred police" as you say? So an overreaction means she faces an immediate death penalty? What country is this, again? The Soviet Union of the 1960s/1970s ?
FTA She displayed some irrational behavior and was put on medication.
Once upon a time in this country, when a relative "displayed rational behavior" a relative--parent, sibling or child--could put that person in an institution until she were no longer a threat to herself or others.
The tragedy for this woman and the young man who went on a shooting rampage, and the other young man who set himself on fire...just three in the news near the Capitol recently...they all "might have been treated effectively" given the chance. Although these three happen to be African-American, the problem is universal...there are many, many families at their wit´s end and no help available from the legal or medical professionals...perhaps it is time to revisit the touchy-feely decision that every one, no matter how sick or threatening, has the "right" to refuse any or all treatment, perhaps lowering the threshold for a 72 hour observation/treatment period.
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