Aurora's no Columbine, Sanford no Selma

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Aurora's no Columbine, Sanford no Selma

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Aurora's no Columbine, Sanford no Selma

Like many Americans, I was at a loss for words when I first heard the news out of Aurora, Colorado last week.  The news that the opening-night excitement of one of this year's blockbuster films had been trumped by an actual tragedy of epic proportions was (and remains) truly disturbing.

We've seen what's sadly become a bit of a routine when things like this occur:  interviews with the (alleged) killer's friends and neighbors that can't imagine him doing anything of the sort, school teachers that recall the (alleged) killer as being "a bit odd, but nothing scary", and the inevitable comparisons between this current event and others.

But Aurora's no Columbine, Sanford no Selma- and we do little more than kid or distract ourselves if we always look to connect one situation or event with another one.  And we do much worse if we continue with the crazy logic that the "what" somehow correlates to the "where".

"Columbine"?  2 kids shoot up school- with little targeting.  "Virginia Tech"?  Smart kid shoots up campus, does target some individuals.  "Ft. Hood"?  Army officer goes nuts and takes the lives of some American heroes.

At this point, the tragedy from last week's dark knight appears to have one human cause, a monster whose name I'll refrain from uttering.  "Aurora" and it's good folks bear no responsibility for this heinous crime, and just as with the good residents of "Columbine", their town's name should bear no stain for as much.  But I fear it will.

Sentiments are similar here in Central Florida.  Try as they might, a plethora of agitators and race hustlers should not be allowed to turn "Sanford" into "Selma".  George Zimmerman, by his own admission, killed Trayvon Martin. "Sanford" didn't kill anyone. I repeat, Sanford didn't kill anyone.

With 2-inch letters that proclaim a new series, "Sanford's Divide" in today's Orlando Sentinel looks to once again pair up Sanford and Selma- with the manner of Martin's death the alleged common ground. But that's not the case, either.

More than 36 of George Zimmerman's friends, neighbors, family members and acquaintences have been interviewed by the Sanford Police and/or the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and guess what? Not a single one has indicated that Zimmerman is in the least bit racist- not one.

Just as different as Aurora and Columbine, Selma and Sanford should stand in stark contrast: Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge etched in the minds of many as the place where Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and others endured savage beatings, Sanford where a chance encounter between an older Miami teenager and a neighborhood watch captain from Virginia went terribly awry.

Aurora's no Columbine, Sanford no Selma
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Dennis * I must admit, I am curious why all of these "outsiders" want to pile on for this situation....were are the citizens of Sanford who are the ones who should be communicating about their feelings in this situation.

Why is anyone listening or reading anything from Spike Lee?  He is this year's Al Sharpton (Tawana Brawley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawana_Brawley_rape_allegations)...he was not there and he should not be inserting himself into it.

 

Jul 22, 2012 11:59 AM #1
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Charles Stallions Property Manager
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What is outragious is that Brian Ross and ABC looked on the rolls of Tea Party members and found this guys name although it was another person by that name. How sick can the people of ABC be. If I was a stock holder looking at my stock going down with each blunder I would demand heads to roll. Luckily I sold when they called GW a drunk and draft dodger.

Jul 22, 2012 12:15 PM #2
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Dennis - you are so right. And it is sick to politicize the tragedies, and derive political and election benefits from it.

Jul 22, 2012 02:05 PM #3
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Wallace:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  Although "Mr. Brawley" wasn't here this wekend, his hand was all over the goings-on.  And the craziest part of everything?  The folks that play up to him ad his fellow hustlers act for the cameras, yet disappear when they're gone.  For instance, they held yet another march here yesterday.  I had 4 showings in the area- 2 in Sanford, 2 in nearby Lake Mary, and I had to check the march route to make sure I wouldn't get caught up in it.  Turned out that wasn't really necessary, though- as the big march drew about 50 people.  Guess there weren't enough cameras there.  Follows suit with the "Stand Your Ground" hearings, though:  a rally outside the hearing here drew hundreds of people and their signs, but inside where I and about 20 others testified, the others were nowhere to be found.  As I've said all along, I'm in favor of any fair "Stand Your Ground" review.  What the race hustlers have trouble dealing with, though, is the fact that the general public is solidly against them:  State-wide, 65% say the law should remain unchanged, 16% favor modification and 18% favor repeal.  Here in this area alone, though, it's even worse:  65% say leave it alone, 18% modify and only 16% favor repeal.    That repeal option, favored by the NAACP and others that want the "duty to retreat" re-instated- is wildly unpopular.  One would never know that from the media coverage of things, though.

Jul 22, 2012 02:56 PM #4
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Charles:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  In the interests of disclosure, I would say I fall in line with more of the Tea Party's issues than not.  I've never attended a rally, though.  That said, it's been painfully clear from Day One that folks desperately want to find any examples of Tea Party racism that they possibly can.  Their problem, though, is that they have never, ever been able to produce a single piece of video that supports Tea Party racism.  No evidence of anyone shouting racial slurs, none of anything of the sort.  I figure I agree with most in that there's a serious problem when those trusted with the reporting of the news choose to make the news.

Jul 22, 2012 03:24 PM #5
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Jon:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  I suppose "politicize" is a good term here- though some folks and causes have gotten so predictable that I wonder if the term still applies to things so routine.  Gun control advocates looking to blame the Aurora tragedy on guns?  Hardly a shocker.  But it does still seem odd, though, how those seekng to get guns off the street give so much credit and so little blame to the folks commit these Aurora-type crimes..

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