I am watching two completely different police-related shootings unfold before my eyes. One in my state of Louisiana where a man did not comply with police officers and fought with them while they attempted to subdue him. According to reports, the man was a convicted felon who had a gun in his pocket and had no concealed carry permit. Both are illegal in Louisiana. I’m guessing fighting with police officers is also illegal. While we’re not certain yet if the officers were at fault, we do know that the man who was shot was by fighting them.
The other shooting involves one of our fellow, legal concealed carry permit holders who was legally carrying a gun while he was shot. This man did not fight with police officers and appeared to be complying.
While the left usually attacks legal gun owners any time there is a shooting, it appears that they prefer to use race over guns when it involves police officers. In these two case, we’ve got one guy who is illegally carrying a gun and I don’t see anyone blaming him. They blame the officers’ skin color. The other shooting involving our brother in arms who was legally carrying a firearm seems to have no real outrage in support of his legally carrying. They instead focus on his and the officer’s skin color. They do this when they put them both into the same category.
So I’m safe to assume that race trumps guns when it comes to demonizing media topics and trying to control the narrative of various tragedies. Sadly, by lumping both of these completely different tragedies into one category we completely miss the vast differences between them both and cheapen the life of the concealed carry holder who did nothing wrong according to reports. The only things that are remotely related in these two instances was that the victims were black, the officers appear to be white, both were carrying loaded guns, and both were shot and killed. But the circumstances and environment could not be more different. These two victims appear to have traveled completely different paths in life and were shot under completely different circumstances.
I think what we should all take from the Minnesota man being shot is that we all need to be very much aware of how we can be perceived and engaged when we say that we are armed and/or when we are reaching for our concealed weapons in the presence of a police officer. If our CCW brother in arms in Minnesota was in fact complying as it appears, this is truly a horrible tragedy that could very easily happen to any of us. I can’t imagine what he could have done differently to avoid his being shot. However, I think the lesson in the Louisiana shooting is to simply comply with police officers when asked or told to.
Prayers for both men and their families.