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A Senseless Tragedy in Tampa Bay

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When a person has unresolved inner rage, it’s easy for them to find some person or  “cause” upon which to unleash their fury. That’s what happened in Tampa Bay last week, when a man confronted a woman who had  parked in an accessible parking place without a permit.

The attached news story gives the details: the woman’s boyfriend returned to the car, saw the man yelling at his girlfriend, and pushed the man to the ground. Upon being pushed, the man pulled out his gun and shot the other man to death.

The District Attorney is apparently not going to press charges against the shooter, because of Florida’s ”stand your ground” law.

My purpose is not to challenge the use of that law in this situation, although I think a case could be easily be made that the law does not apply. I just want to reiterate the obvious:  no cause, not even the integrity of the Americans with Disabilites Act, could ever justify this result.

And it is a stark reminder for all of us (especially those who, like myself, have occasionally confronted people whom I believed were unlawfully parked in those spaces) to be cognizant of how quickly a conversation can lead to unspeakable tragedy.

We’re better than this.






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