When will we learn that violence only leads to more violence?
People across the nation are protesting over the shooting death of a young African American at the hands of a white police officer in Missouri. It is indeed a tragedy, and not something that should be handled casually, but when you look around our country, can you really say such a thing surprises you?
By default – through our rhetoric, taste for violence in movies and television, and growing gun culture – we create a backdrop for violence.
We should be alarmed when a police officer shoots anyone, especially unarmed individuals, but consider for a moment the culture we ask our officers to operate in today. It is a great responsibility, and we do expect the most from those we entrust to keep us safe, but the stress of that responsibility and the split-second decisions that must be made are horrible to place in anyone's hands.