On solving things

This still frame taken from CBC video shows Kevin Vickers, gun drawn, walking down the hall moments after the death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau inside Centre Block. (CBC)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-shooting-the-face-to-face-encounter-that-ended-the-attack-on-parliament-1.2812802

No SWAT teams. No bluff and bluster. No fetishized automatic weapons. Not even a whisper of concealed carry. No body armour. No armed bystanders wearing the white cowboy hats. No militia.

He went to his desk and took out his revolver. One designated licensed officer knowledgable and trained with his weapon. One old man.

I am troubled by my own admiring reaction. I say to myself that I shouldn’t be. I like to believe I can hold to those five vows, one of them, to not take life. But I am also familiar with the idea essential to karatedo.

I believe all citizens of a peaceful society really ought to be familiar with some kind of formal trained self-defence, enough to know that they could use it, and that they don’t want to use it. But sometimes, maybe, in the extreme, certainly one time in a lifetime that they have to use it, they could.

But then we have to put that pistol back in the desk drawer, lock it back up, and solve the problem another way.

Update 10-26-14 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/lone-wolf-ideology-or-pathology/article21293910/?click=sf_globe

and

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/tougher-laws-are-not-the-only-way-to-stop-radicalization/article21293639/?click=dlvr.it

The unspoken issue in this week’s events is the link between mental illness and radicalization. Studies have shown that people suffering from anxiety or depression are more prone to sympathize with violent protest and terrorism than those not afflicted by mental illness. That said, it’s a huge leap from depression to the devastating anomie that leaves a person so lost and angry that they become vulnerable to [a] death cult

Update 10-27-14
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/26/never-let-the-facts-get-in-the-way-of-a-good-cronkite-moment/

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