Conflating Unrelated Issues

The killing of 5 Dallas police officers in an ambush style tragedy was an horrific event and its timing made it worse. Coming so soon after “police officer on civilians” shootings in Baton Rouge and St Paul, the “police on civilian” causes and prevention steps have been made vague with the public focus being shifted to “how defenseless” police officers can be. Hmmm.

The Dallas shootings are an example of “statement killings”, not unlike the 2009 Fort Hood killings by Major Nidal Hasan, where an individual makes an unambiguous statement though the use of weapons.

The Baton Rouge and St. Paul killings, on the other hand, were accidents resulting from possibly prejudice, inadequate training, or psychological sturdiness. Diverting attention from the preventable Baton Rouge and St. Paul killings by focusing upon the senseless shooting of police officers is a disservice.

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