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I wrote the following piece for the Daily Telegraph readers’ website in September 2009. It refers to an incident that took place in the early summer of the previous year, just before my twenty-second birthday. The title is inspired by George Orwell’s essay Shooting an Elephant. I’m publishing it here in the wake of a discussion on animal welfare on another multi-author site. It’s about hunting, and it’s about killing, so if these subjects repel you please do not read any further. I apologise in advance if you find this upsetting but I make no apology for what I am, a sportswoman and a hunter.... (more)
(December 14: Largest mass killing in U.S. of young children, teachers, mother and finally suicide by an unstable young man)(more)
Breathes there a one with soul so dead
As never to oneself have said
No matter what excuses may be pled
A child is dead!
In a seemingly prosperous Florida town
A young black boy was wantonly gunned down
The police were summoned and quickly came
But the lad lay dead all the same.
Must we not all wonder why?
A happy, friendly child had to die.
He went to the store and was coming back
Then was slain for the crime of “walking while black.”
For too long this has been the case
People hating people based on... (more)
Well I did something different today. I went to the firing range with my husband. First time for me, second time for him. This is the same husband who, until the age of 67, had never held a gun in his hand. I had hoped he never would. He is, after all, Sicilian, and I have always had a bad feeling about the combination of guns and Sicilians.
How did we get here? Well, it began with a nasty neighbor who repeatedly "let us know" that he had a case full of automatic weapons in his condo. Upstairs from us. Oh goody. The guy was six-foot three, thirty-something, ex-Marine, often... (more)
...obscenities out into the streets, ice cream trucks playing that repetitive nursery rhyme music, horns honking, buses driving by, tow trucks at 3 AM, the screeching, rusty M train running by every 15 minutes, police sirens, thugs yelling, “I’m fuckin' gangsta, bitch!“ while shooting their guns, I was ready to just pack up and head back west on the next thing smoking. And the rats. For as long as I live, I’ll never forget the behemoth rats that could be heard from two stories up, squealing and rustling around in the garbage bags. They’d come out at nightfall,... (more)
...finally allowed me to drive his bright orange tractor for the first time. I knocked over our neighbors white bee hive boxesin my excitement. It was the same day I learned I could run quite fast.The barbed wire fence in the distance recalled memories of how my grandfather would often have us shooting tin cans off the fence for target practice. Although he would have been disappointed to learnwe would also usethe heads of flying dragon flys as target practice. I still feel guilty for beingpartially responsible for the eradication of the dragonfly population; luckily they breed fast.I... (more)
...puzzle, though, that most seem to leave out, perhaps intentionally, is the fact that Mr. McNair was found with who we now know was his mistress – 20-year old Iranian woman Sahel Kazemi. The two had been dating for several months prior to the July 4TH killings, and only two days before shooting McNair and turning the gun on herself, Kazemi purchased a gun from a private owner.
But you’d be hard-pressed to find anything but praise and compliments about McNair. All week long, tributes of McNair’s “greatness” aired on television and radio alike, with what ... (more)
...) with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, the man which killed the security guard, James W. von Brunn (88) is known as longtime white supremacist. He also injured another security guard before security guards and police officers of the Metropolitan Police were able to stop the shooting of the man.
The 88 years old man got shot after other security guards returned fire. The attacker has been seriously injured. The killing of an African-American security guard came hours before a new play, Anne Frank and Emmett Till [Anne & Emmett], opened at the... (more)
... started to emerge. In 2001 debates loomed far and wide about whether the police should carry guns (BBC, 2001). The saga continued after several terrorist threats, the Police ‘beefed up’ their armoury when the ‘shoot to kill’ policy came in shortly with consequences after the wrongful shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005. After a series of embarrassing moments for the Police…a short passage of amendments coupled with damage control reigned within the cities of the UK as the Police tried to get their act together.
Come in the Community Police, these overly friendly... (more)
...after news of what kind of person Mixon was came out, about 60 people rallied in support of him and against the police. Something that is just mind-boggling to me. The tension between the police and the people of Oakland has been very high for a long time, especially after the New Years Day shooting by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police of a 21-year-old unarmed man that left him dead. The officer who shot the young man is awaiting trial for murder. It is no secret that police in Oakland are not considered “friends” by most.
However, the awful tragedy of these four ... (more)