By Wyatt Earp | May 28, 2008
I wish more columnists understood what really goes on during a police shooting, but sadly, they don’t seem to care. Columnist Dr. Thomas Sowell gets it. Here is an excerpt from his column today. It is entitled, “The Bullet Counters,” and is well worth your time.
“Killing an Unarmed Man.” That is how the front-page headline in the New York Times characterized an incident in which a man tried to run over a policeman with his car and was shot by three policemen on the scene, including his intended victim.
An automobile is a deadly weapon. If you are killed by an automobile, you are just as dead as if you had been shot through the heart.
A phrase like “an unarmed man” makes a talking point– as if matters of life and death should be discussed in terms of how you can spin a talking point.
The biggest and most common talking point when the police fire at someone is counting how many bullets they fired. There are politicians, media people and– above all– community activists who can work themselves into a rage over how many bullets were fired.
If we stop and think– which of course the demagogues hope we will never do– it is hard to see any moral difference between killing someone with one bullet or with dozens of bullets.
People who have never fired a gun in their lives say that they cannot understand why the police fired so many bullets. If it is something that they have never experienced, there is of course no reason why they should be expected to understand.
But, even after confessing their ignorance, such people often proceed to spout off, just as if they knew what they were talking about. (H/T – Townhall.com)
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