"HE'S GOT A GUN, A GUN!"
... he should have added "in his pocket"
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The most bone chilling words a policeman can hear is another policeman yelling, “He’s got a gun!” But that’s exactly what this policeman heard before he pumped at least three bullets into Alton Sterling’s chest at point blank range. Sterling, an African American, died on the spot.This, and another killing by cop, led to the unjustified deaths of five innocent policemen in Dallas, Texas.
I watched the videos of the Sterling killing a number of times and there appears to be some unfortunate circumstances that are all too common in a nation awash with guns:
First, 37 year-old Sterling resisted arrest, so trouble was imminent. Second, he looked to be yet another 20 stone, 6' 5" black bloke who believes he can easily take two coppers. Third, the two policemen had eventually wrestled him to the ground under the front fender of a vehicle.
Fourth, Sterling was on his back still resisting arrest while one policeman (the cop who shot him) had immobilised his left arm with his knee. Fifth, this policeman was aware that his companion was still struggling with his right arm and heard him yell, “he’s got a gun, a gun!”
The gun he spoke of was actually in Sterling's pocket with only the stub visible and the policeman holding his left arm had every reason to believe from the words, “he’s got a gun” that this gun was about to be involved in the struggle and he and/or his companion were about to be shot.
Thoughts flashed through his head of a dead companion and that he might have done nothing to prevent it.
So he drew his gun from his holster and killed the father of five who was only partially immobilised.
Sterling's wife and five beautiful kids who will never understand why they have no Dad
Thinking quickly and rationally in a hostile environment of “black lives matter” and the 20,789 policeman recorded killed in the line of duty is not a good mix. Of course many of that overall number were not killed by civilians but while assisting in disaster areas of floods and fires or defusing bombs, helicopter crashes etc.
Regardless, those emotional thoughts must race through a policeman’s head whenever he finds it necessary to arrest anybody and they do not afford him the time to rationalise exactly what, “He’s got a gun” might mean.
The victim was already dying when one of the policemen recovered the gun from Sterling's right pocket and it was only then that the policemen realised they would have some serious explaining to do.
The other killing of a black man while seated in his car will take even more explaining. That’s if there is any explanation possible.
It’s a madness that can never be controlled.
Naturally Hillary and Barack will again blame guns for the revenge murder of five other policemen. But the Second Amendment was written for a very good reason. Unfortunately that reason has no reasonable relevance today and it can’t be justified while 900 black on black shootings a year occur in Baltimore alone with another 700 in Chicago.
If all of an estimated 400 million guns in America were confiscated today, by this time next week the very people who should not have had them will have replaced them. And those innocent civilians who relied on a gun for their and their families’ protection will be pointlessly going to bed cuddling a baseball bat.
Because of these extenuating circumstance these two policemen will likely be found not guilty and another black mayhem of revenge is likely to happen all over again.
This is yet another apparently insoluble mess that the Obama Administration does not have the mettle to tackle.