This is a truly sad story to hear, but for those of you who don’t know this story yet, 2 New York police officers were ambushed and shot by a crazed vigilante “allegedly” over the deaths of unarmed Black men. The officers, who had families, were picked “at random” and targeted because of the “They got us, so let’s get them” mentality. Now police departments all over are on alert because they don’t know when the “next crazed individual” may want to confront and massacre them. If you are unfamiliar with the full story, you are more than welcome to check it out at the link below:
Now the police are going to want to know if this man had been “provoked” into committing this action from some protest or “call to arms.” I can understand that logic to a certain extent but I think it would be more beneficial to focus on the overall picture here. First, this man “obviously” had some mental issues. There are reports that he shot his own girl friend and had attempted to take his own life before. How is it that an “individual as sick as this” was able to even “obtain” a gun? I have said several times before there needs to be stronger gun laws and background checks and we need to ensure that guns are not so easily obtainable (we also need to hold people accountable for the guns they purchase). While it is true that many people can “lie about their circumstances,” rarely will you find that a mentally troubled individual will be able to “easily” hide his or her misguided intentions. Crazy people will often say and do crazy things. This guy actually posted on social media pages and even got 200 likes… Also, I hope that people will not derive the wrong message from this. Others may feel inspired to “imitate” this man’s legacy, but that will not solve anything. There should be “no hatred” for police… Yes, some of them do need better training, but that should “not” be a reflection on “all” policemen and we need to realize that. Finally, we should not allow our anger to overshadow our “common sense.” The LAST thing we need now is a more “stressed out” police department. We also don’t need a more stressed out public in “fear” of being targeted either. At this point, it is no longer “their problem… It is OUR problem…” I hope that the public can make changes through “non violent” means. I’m also hoping that authorities can find a better way to apprehend unarmed Black people without having to “shoot and kill them.” I realize that some people will take offense to this statement but hopefully the truth will set us “all” free… I believe it is time for a “new awareness” to take place, and if we can manage to check our emotions we all might be able to make significant strides for the betterment of “all.” We REALLY need to change the “gun laws…” How many more incidents like this can we bear without taking action? Malls, schools and the public in general are no longer safe for any of us. If someone posts something “troubling” on the internet, then the last thing we need to do is “ignore it.” By reporting it you may end up saving the lives of people very close to you. I thank you for reading my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make it a great one.
Brett Jolly and Verdine White, bass player for Earth, Wind and Fire