Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jason Whitlock on Sean Taylor

Washington Redskins Pro-Bowl Safety Sean Taylor is murdered in his home this week. Predictably, the government loves a disarmed public advocates, e.g. Rev. Jesse Jackson, call for increasing disarmament of the public as if that was the problem. Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock, however, is willing to call it straight.

Taylor's death a grim reminder for us all: No, we don't know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor's death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it's no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You'd assume a heart attack, and you'd know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.

Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long. … Let's cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period.

Police Probe Taylor Death : A day earlier, Taylor and his girlfriend were awakened by loud noises, according to family friend Richard Sharpstein, who learned the details from Taylor's girlfriend, Jackie Garcia. Taylor told Garcia to get under the covers while he grabbed a machete that he kept for protection underneath his bed.

Violent crime is about actions, not objects. Having a book full of gun laws and a machete under the mattress don’t mean a thing to armed thugs with malicious intent.