To illustrate the no-win situation in which police find themselves in these troubled times, the organizers of the riots in Charlotte, NC (and be in no doubt that they were organized - this was not just a 'spontaneous outburst'), claimed (and repeated ad nauseam) that the deceased man, Keith Scott, was carrying a book, not a gun.
Oh, really? Not according to WSOC TV in Charlotte. Here are still images of Mr. Scott's body from a video released by the station. The handgun is circled in red.
Furthermore, according to Blue Lives Matter:
Chief of Police Kerr Putney released a statement today saying a gun was found on scene, a book was not found on scene, and the officers warned Scott several times to drop the weapon before they fired on him. Chief Putney even stated that witnesses saw Scott with the gun.
What's more, it seems that Mr. Scott wasn't the icon of peaceful, non-criminal purity some are portraying him to have been. Funny how no-one's paying any attention to that . . .
As I said earlier this morning, I continue to believe that a firearm may well not be the best answer to such mob violence. However, with all that's coming out about this shooting, if I had no other choice, I'd feel a whole lot less reluctant to open fire on any rioters trying to drag me into the mess they've cooked up. I'll be damned if I die for their lies. Black Lives Matter was founded on the lie of "Hands up! Don't shoot!" Looks like nothing's changed, and they're still lying; so to hell with them! I wouldn't blame the police if they decided to target BLM organizers and give them an object lesson or two. They deserve it.