Mourning

Today, the city of Dallas and the surrounding area is in mourning. Last night, near the end of a peaceful demonstration, terror erupted. Shots rang out from above and ten officers and one civilian were injured. As of a few minutes ago, the death count stands at five and it may go higher. One suspected sniper is dead and at least two other suspects are in custody.

Along with the sorrow we feel as the sun comes up and we watch as much of downtown remains closed off comes anger. Anger that this happened in our city. Anger because it reminds us in so many ways of that horrible day in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and not that far from where last night’s even took place. Anger as the idiots on social media start their conspiracy theories and more.

Let’s face it. We know very little right now about the why all this happened or who was responsible. It will take time for the authorities to sift through the evidence and talk with the three people of interest they have in custody. They will be searching the body of the dead sniper (alleged sniper), his car and place of residence. They will crawl through his online presence. As they learn more, so will we.

The speculation that Hillary Clinton or people with her campaign might have been responsible — or at least very lucky — because this took her off the front page does not help. Nor does speculation that this was someone out to kill as many cops in retribution for those killed by cops in other jurisdictions. We don’t know if this was terrorism or insurrection. All we know is that it was a cowardly act of capital murder.

In other words, quit using what happened to beat your pet political horse. Yes, I’m speaking to certain authors who took to social media last night, all but justifying what happened as a reasonable response to the police shootings of civilians elsewhere. I’m also speaking to those who instantly took to social media to say this wouldn’t happen if we had tighter gun control laws. Then there are those who say it wouldn’t have happened if the Feds took control of all police departments. Oh, then there was the one person who said we needed to disarm the cops.

So here’s my message to each of you. Grow the fuck up. Shut the fuck up. Quit using this tragedy as your bully pulpit. We don’t know enough about the whys and wherefores yet to draw any conclusions other than this: last night was the worst attack on law enforcement since 9/11. A tragedy happened in Dallas, one that has cost five lives and might cost more before it is all over. Even worse, in some ways, last night’s events have caused tensions to rise, not just in Dallas but elsewhere.

My heart and my prayers go out to the injured officers and the injured civilian, to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the ambush last night. I applaud DPD for the job it did in the aftermath. I’m sure mistakes were made. It would be impossible for there not to have been some. But those officers put their lives on the line to help protect the hundreds of people downtown caught in the crossfire. They risked their lives to protect their fallen brothers and sisters. And they remained on station all night and into the day as the investigation continues.

As I write this, a video of police and medical staff from Baylor/Scott & White Medical Center standing arm in arm in support of the injured is playing. May they all stand strong in the following hours and days as the investigation continues and may we loose no more, police or civilian, to this madness.

3 Comments

  1. “In other words, quit using what happened to beat your pet political horse. Yes, I’m speaking to certain authors who took to social media last night, all but justifying what happened as a reasonable response to the police shootings of civilians elsewhere. I’m also speaking to those who instantly took to social media to say this wouldn’t happen if we had tighter gun control laws. Then there are those who say it wouldn’t have happened if the Feds took control of all police departments. Oh, then there was the one person who said we needed to disarm the cops.”

    I am glad that I did not see any of this. 🙁

    I am trying very hard not to say anything until there is more information. I have theories, but they are just that, theories, nothing more. If I had seen those, I might not have been able to hold my peace.

    Instead, I only offer my condolences and prayers for the fallen and their family and friends.

    “May they all stand strong in the following hours and days as the investigation continues and may we loose no more, police or civilian, to this madness.”

    Amen. : ..(

    1. Unfortunately, I wandered into Baen’s Bar last night – and to be honest, just about lost it on the couple of idiots who were celebrating this craven act.

      Why I don’t do most of the social media; I’d never get anything else done in this world.

  2. There seem to be people trying to start a race war. I wonder if they realize what will happen if they get their wish?

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