POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Senator Arlan Meekhof Amends Bill to Prevent Disclosure of Donors
Stamping out your right to know.
Published: November 19, 2013
What Nobody Else Will Say
Despite efforts to canonize Renisha McBride, the young woman killed in Dearborn Heights, she doesn’t seem to have been a model teenager. According to the medical examiner’s office, she was roaring drunk and possibly high on pot when she crashed her car into a parked vehicle in the wee hours one morning.
She did not, however, deserve to be blown away by some Dearborn Heights Clint Eastwood with a shotgun.
Hours after she wandered off from the crash scene Nov. 2, she turned up on the porch of one Theodore Wafer. What she did then, we don’t know. What we do know is that Wafer opened the front door and shot her in the face — with a shotgun!
Even Dirty Harry didn’t go around shooting drunken unarmed little girls at 4:45 a.m. The Wayne County Prosecutor said McBride was unarmed and had knocked at the screen door. Well, there’s nothing wrong with being scared if someone tries to get into your house in the wee hours. What you do in that case is call 911. Nobody may ever know what really took place on that porch.
The truth is already being eclipsed by politics, race and myth. Yet what we should be asking is: What is wrong with a culture where nobody even questions whether you should have a loaded weapon of mass destruction by your front door?
Or how could Wafer, or anyone else, even think it might be all right to blow away a woman on his porch?
The answer is simple: Ask the National Rifle Association and the rest of the gun lobby. They’re the ones who block any and every attempt to make our world safer.
They have fanatically fought any attempt to regulate guns in any way, and the results are Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown — and a dead girl on a Dearborn Heights front porch.
Not to mention the shootings of Gabby Giffords, James Brady and tens of thousands more. Yes, that is all courtesy of the NRA, and over and over again they keep bringing you their hands-off message.
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