Hey, when you’ve got a bad habit, it’s tough to quit cold turkey.
I’ve got a personal rule I try to follow, and so far I’ve managed to stick to it: Don’t kill anybody. No matter how much I might want to, no matter how much somebody deserves it, I don’t commit murder. I just don’t do it. And I hope you don’t either. Even if you don’t believe in the Bible or morality or any of that stuff, as a practical matter it’s just not worth the hassle. You can get into a lot of trouble if the cops catch you, and from what I’ve seen in the movies, disposing of a human body can be extremely unpleasant. If you’re really angry at somebody, you’re better off just saying mean things about them on Twitter or Facebook. (If you live in a place where it’s still legal, anyway.)
So that’s my rule. But that’s not how they do things in Charm City. According to Jeff Barker and Doug Donovan of the Baltimore Sun:
Organizers and supporters of a 72-hour Baltimore “ceasefire” initiative marched and prayed Saturday, even as they acknowledged that their fervent pleas for peace could not halt the relentless pace of shootings and killings in Baltimore…
But even as ceasefire events continued late Saturday afternoon and into the evening, police reported three shootings, two of them fatal.
A 24-year-old man was shot in Pigtown, near Carroll Park, around 5 p.m. Saturday and pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A 37-year-old man was killed in a shooting in the 1600 block of Gertrude Street in Northwest Baltimore about 10 p.m….
The Ceasefire initiative came from Erricka Bridgeford, 44, and other community leaders who created a blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”
If you think your job sucks, at least you don’t work for the Baltimore tourism board.
Speaking as a white person, I blame myself for this. Not that any rational person could connect me in any way to these killings, or any killings, but because I might as well say it before it’s said to me. My bad, everybody. Our fault. Sorry about this. We are guilty, collectively. Wypipo need to check our privilege, because #BlackLivesMatter.
Hang in there, Baltimore. Good effort. Maybe next weekend?
(Hat tip: Joseph Curl)