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31 Mar 2008 6 Comments
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Well, maybe he could. But not easily!
Have a bit of a break from all the thinking and allow your jaw to drop!
Found it on Digg, if you like to Digg up this kind of thing!
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Mar 31, 2008 @ 13:11:14
Was that supposed to make me cry?
It made me wonder about the “sharpshooting skills” of the officer involved being more important than the fact that a man was ready to blow his own head off.
What are our values?
Mar 31, 2008 @ 13:51:48
Why do I feel like I’m living in a big national three ring circus sometimes? Where are the dancing bears at this guy’s arrest? Why in the world do we need to see this sort of thing, again?
Mar 31, 2008 @ 18:17:24
Sorry if I don’t feel much respect for the man. But he wasn’t just about to blow his head off, he was going to blockade traffic for an hour until the police got his girlfriend so she could witness him blowing off his head.
We should have pity for him. But really, if you’re that sick, you should be helped — to an institution, where they can properly treat him. There’s something far beyond depression going on in a man’s head if he’s ready to do that to himself and his girlfriend. And that’s what this kind of “show” results in: he’s unable to kill himself, and they can take him in to somewhere where he can get more than a bullet in his head.
Yeah, perhaps inflating the entertainment value is a bit much. But we’re not glorifying the fact that a sniper shot someone, we’re appreciating the skill required to save a life. Isn’t that worth some applause?
Apr 01, 2008 @ 18:41:49
I guess we didn’t get a break from thinking after all!
I agree with both points of view. Kudos to the police officers who used great skill to end a potentially deadly situation, involving a disturbed individual, without anyone getting hurt. The police didn’t just fire a good shot, they also used the gunshot only after they had exhausted other options, and the managed the situation correctly until the sniper was in a position to act.
Thumbs down to the tabloid journalism that treated this like a fictional TV drama. Anything to titilate the viewer and generate advertising revenues. Bridgett’s line about dancing bears — that’s funny!
Apr 01, 2008 @ 19:38:17
I have to admit that I was reacting to the fact that the video itself seemd to be glorifying the “shot” instead of what it accomplished.
Of course it is much better that the man was disarmed as opposed to outright killed and for that the officer involved must surely be commended.
And I’ll be the first to admit that I have no tolerance for “guilt suicide” attempts.
I just the think the last scene of the video where the remains of the gun were hung up on the wall as a testament to the positive outcome is terribly sad.
I can’t put into words why, that’s just how I feel about it.
Apr 02, 2008 @ 10:10:30
Stephen: Thumbs down to the tabloid journalism that treated this like a fictional TV drama.
Agreed. Although when you consider that fictional TV dramas are based on situations like this, I suppose we should reflect on whether or not TV dramas have any right to play up themselves in the same way…
Zayna: I just the think the last scene of the video where the remains of the gun were hung up on the wall as a testament to the positive outcome is terribly sad.
Yeah, in retrospect the video is a bit callous about the situation. The whole “gun on the wall” thing seems to be treating the situation like a good hunt — some sort of sport or something. Instead of focusing on that, and how the guy had made a good shot, it would have been more appropriate for them to have focused on how it helped the guy, and left out the pompous reaction of the policemen after the fact.
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