Pondering Difficult Questions

Human nature dictates that tragic events impact each of us in deeper ways when we personally relate to the events as individuals. I’m not saying that’s a good thing – I’m just recognizing it for what it is. And that’s why the police shooting death of Philando Castile on July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota particularly disturbed me.

I obtained a license to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Wisconsin onDecember 26, 2011 – shortly after Wisconsin passed its concealed carry law. And I’ve carried on a regular basis ever since. I’ve also obtained a Utah carry permit, which allows me to legally carry in many other states – including Minnesota, which I’ve done on numerous occasions.

Philando Castile was likewise licensed to carry in Minnesota. And it seems that Castile’s courteous effort to inform Officer Jeronimo Yanez of his legal possession of a concealed firearm is what ultimately got him tragically shot and killed.

Would I experience the same treatment under identical circumstances if I was pulled over by the police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota? It’s a disturbing question I’ve been forced to ponder over the course of recent weeks.

My answer to the question leads me to an even more disturbing conclusion. But there’s hope: we simply need to recognize and embrace the idea that individuals’ lives matter.

Read More >