By Joshua Weigert
February 9th, 2020
(Image Header: Gregory Timm, 27, was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, after allegedly deliberately driving a van into a tent full of Trump supporters on Feb. 8, 2020. Source – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)
On Saturday February 8th, 2020, a man was arrested for driving his van into a tent of Trump supporters in Florida. These Trump supporters were registering new voters for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election at a small shopping center plaza in Duval County.
The topic of the week, and no doubt, the topic anytime we experience such heinous tragedies like the one that took place at a Parkland HS in Florida, is the issue of guns. No doubt, any loss of life is a tragedy, but losing 17 at once in a place where we Americans send our young ones is completely unacceptable.
Since that incident, new agencies have rolled out mountains of articles with lofty and emotional rhetoric but very little facts concerning the truth behind gun control’s success or lack there of. In fact much of the debate is centered around emotional responses as opposed to finding practical things that will truly work.
Here it is, and I will do my best to keep it short.
I don’t excuse bad policing or racist policing for that matter. As an officer, getting rid of those in our ranks who operate in such a manner is beneficial to the society and to good police officers alike. I also know from experience how important it is to put aside our bias or prejudice in favor of a clean slate. It’s taught in academies nationwide and its reinforced daily on each and every call for service. It’s something civilians also must be mindful in examining police actions.
A Note to the reader
Let me start off by saying this. The loss of life, good or bad and guilty or innocent, is tragic. As men, it obviously pains us more when the loss of life is of the innocent rather than guilty. God finds both equal saying, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls” (Proverbs 17:17) and “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 18:23).
This past month, we got to witness the violent deaths of two men at the hands of Law Enforcement Officers. Emotions quickly took over for many people, damning the slayings and calling for revenge. Such emotional responses do nothing good for the cause of Justice. Such responses only allow the perversion of Justice as facts are lost in the cloud of fiction and assumptions become the ruling reasons for actions.
Life presents a myriad of challenges. When we first enter the world, the first obstacle we all experience is taking our first breath in our new womb-less world. If we could process it, we would almost immediately discover that this world isn’t built on fairness and equality but rather competition & survival. Some time ago, a savvy scientist labeled this observation, “survival of the fittest.” For man, life is no different than it is for the beast if you ignore man’s ability to reason. But there in lies the problem, man can reason.