This past Friday night I received a phone call from niece just as I was climbing into bed and could not believe what she was trying to tell me. She then put her distraught mother, my sister, on the line and she told me more of the details of this terrible tragedy. After ending the call I was on my knees beside the bed crying, slamming my fists into the bed, and wondering when these tragedies will stop plaguing our family.
I was devastated to learn that my sister’s grandson, my grandnephew, who is is a highly intelligent (albeit autistic) young man of 18 left a suicide note, went to his community college where he called 911 and reported that he was armed, holding a female hostage, and exactly where he was. The response was given to the El Camino Police who arrived on the scene to find my nephew with no hostage and dressed in a sweatshirt with a hood and in possession of an Air Soft gun that he had wrapped in black electrical tape and at the sight of this toy the El Camino Police shot him 8 times.
Here was a distraught young man who essentially told them: “Hey, here I am. Come and get me,” and they shot him 8 times. Early reports was that he was an Hispanic male, armed with a semiautomatic pistol that had been recovered by the El Camino Police, as if being an Hispanic male was justifiable reason in and of itself to warrant the use of deadly force on a suicidal young man without any confirmation that he was actually armed. I see it every day, that no matter how much progress has seemingly been made by the Hispanics, they are still racially profiled just are all people of color in this country.
What the El Camino Police did was morally reprehensible and I for one am sick and tired of the police in this country arming themselves as if they were a military force and then killing and maiming our children and fellow citizens with emotional, intellectual, and mental challenges.
The police in this country need to have empathetic qualities, and I am sure some do, but then don’t sociopaths make better police officers? After all a sociopath can shoot and unarmed person and not lose sleep over it whereas an empathetic officer might quit after being involved in a shooting and what would that do to the number one responsibility of the police, which is to protect those that have from those that have not?
My nephew has so far survived being shot 8 times by the El Camino Police but has been undergoing extensive surgeries and although still in critical condition the doctors and surgeons are optimistic. He is in our constant prayers and the love we carry for him is constantly being sent to him with great hopes for his recovery and continued existence on this plane so that he may finish the work he came here to perform. I have had such high hopes for my nephew and have seen him capable of moving mountains.
I do not know what my nephew will accomplish if he should survive being shot 8 times by the El Camino Police but one thing for sure is that this country needs to disarm along with the rest of the world. And, I do not mean just the citizenry, but the police and the military as well. Impossible, you say? No, but it would be difficult and will never happen unless people are willing to give up their greed, their lust for more than they need, their envy, their covetousness, and their gluttony.
In my view of reality there is no moral justification for the possession of firearms and I for one am sick of meaningless diatribes as: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” It is a meaningless phrase because the truth has always been: “People with guns kill people.”
I was told I shouldn’t write about this but it is, after all, what I do. I write to make sense of a senseless world. I write to grieve. I write in the hopes that someone, somewhere, will be inspired to live a better life.
I write because I must.
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?