Whose child does this?
It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California. As the sun set and the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital's emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff's deputies.
The ambushed pair had been shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car. Surveillance video caught the shooter quickly running to a waiting sedan indicating this was a planned attack. The small, hooded figure moved like a young person, and the vision immediately made me think: "Who parented this person? Do they realize their child is capable of such an act?"
A smiling bystander filmed himself at the scene, seemingly celebrating the shooting. "Two sheriffs shot in the face! ... Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a--, right through the window!"
What causes one human being to be gleeful at the pain or death of another? Is this the man his mother envisioned her child would become?
As the wounded deputies fought for their lives inside the hospital, a crowd of mostly young protestors danced outside, middle fingers extended to the sky, chanting, "I hope they die" and, "Oink, oink."
A few days later, there was a copycat shooting of another officer in Phoenix. He was shot in a drive-by incident as he stood guard outside the federal courthouse. Luckily, his vest saved his life, and a suspect was quickly apprehended.
Whose children are these? Did their parents forget to teach them about the sanctity of life?
More importantly, what kind of country has this become when the good guys -- officers who have taken an oath to keep us safe -- are suddenly seen as the bad guys and coward criminals who shoot them are applauded as the hero?
Peaceful protests are constitutionally protected and necessary for a democracy to thrive. But, please, don't fail to understand that many protest marches are often covers for carefully choreographed violent episodes. When will the young, genuinely peaceful protestors see that their events are being hijacked by dedicated troublemakers?
In July, a swarm of screaming young people suddenly descended upon an outdoor restaurant in Dallas. The protestors (let's call them instigators) carried "No Justice, No Peace" and "Black Lives Matter" signs. They yelled vulgar obscenities at the multiracial patrons, several children among them. Pushing and shoving ensued; items were hurled at the diners; and it took Dallas police to stop the brawl.