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Their Guns, Your Guns
The existence of CHAZ, the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone created by protesters, has managed to evade much scrutiny. One story appeared in my hometown paper on June 11, which explained its existence in the simplest of terms.
No one pondered where the “free” water or snack came from. Or how anyone would buy a $6 hot dog once their pockets were empty and there was no place to earn a living. Or buy smokes. Who were the medics? Where did they learn to become medics? Did they have medical supplies? Where would they get more when they ran out? And when did the “Seattle people” decide that some Seattle people got to decide for other Seattle people who owned that six-block area of Seattle?
And then came the shooting. One dead, a 19-year-old. One injured. Two separate shootings. I checked my hometown paper for the story, but there was none. It struck me as sufficiently newsworthy, but then, the sense of their newsroom as to what stories are worth telling, and how to tell them, no longer seems to align with those of us who just want to know what’s happening.
The Washington Post, however, offered a cursory description of death in CHAZ. Or is it CHOP, the Capital Hill Occupied Protest, because they can’t seem to agree on what to call it.
One of the problems with “freedom” is that one person’s isn’t necessarily another person’s, and Derreck Jones learned that “discouraging” behavior doesn’t mean others, similarly free to make their own choices, will behave the way he wants them to.
It wasn’t that they didn’t “reimagine” a social order, but that it turned out rather similar to the old one, except they called the police “sentinels” and they weren’t any better equipped to save a life than cops.
Cat is right. People somehow manage to always be people, no matter how many adjectives about love and tolerance, or oppression and fragility, they can string together. And Cat wasn’t entirely foolish, carrying two knives. They weren’t guns, but used properly, they can sting, and make a reluctant participant behave in a more appropriate fashion.
Since CHAZ is all about “racial justice,” whatever that means, let’s assume that the arguments that happened weren’t racist, whatever that means, and were just, well, arguments. People disagree about things, which in itself shouldn’t be problem except that people have become increasingly prone to believe that disagreement is less about people having their own views than the other people being wrong, and wrong being evil, and evil being hated, and hated people deserving to…be silenced.
There’s no information about why ten gunshots rang out. There’s no information about why either of the two men were shot. They were taken to a trauma center outside the autonomous zone because there was no trauma center inside. The medics, not doctors but medics, whose training, skills and facilities are unknown, weren’t up to the task of treating their own. How the volunteers transported the “victims” to the hospital isn’t clear, but if they used a car, someone had to design it, built it, and create the gas that powered it.
Someone inside the CHAZ called 911, a number that reached outside to a system created to deal with emergencies. And, even though this six blocks of social justice putatively seceded from the Union, services came with caution.
It was a fair question, but asked of the wrong people. And there is an answer, much as “one protester” seemed emotionally incapable of facing it. Even when you create a space where those who, for the few days until the food runs out, someone is sexually assaulted or someone steals your stuff, like it, and not everyone in the neighborhood does, believe they get to ride unicorns prancing on rainbows, somebody is going to dispute that they’re riding them the right way and something, whether knife or gun, will be used to test the issue.
While the New York Times has had little to say about any of this, at least Vox has provided one of its “explainers.”
Sounds wonderful. Too bad for the dead kid.
LIBERTY HAS NO EXPIRATION DATEDemocrats wouldn't buy a clue if it was government subsidized.
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