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Perspective

Skating Under The Ice

Here, in alphabetical order, is a short list of objects. What do they have in common?

ax
baseball bat
baton
bayonet
brick
broken glass
car
chain saw
crossbow
crowbar
flashlight
garden tool
gun
hammer
hand torch
hatchet
knife
machete
meat cleaver
metal pipe
motorcycle
oar
pick-axe
piece of wood
pitchfork
pole
rock
scissors
screwdriver
shovel
spear
sword
Taser
tire iron

According to the Washington Post database, in 2016 there were nine hundred and sixty-three civilians killed by the police, with all but four percent of them being men. That list above enumerates all of the different kinds of weapons that those people were carrying at the time of their death.

Tragically, at the time of their death, some five percent of them were unarmed … but of course in most cases that wasn’t known until after their death.

Equally tragically, at the time of their death, another five percent…

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