...busting up my brains for the words

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Candlelight vigil

The candlelight vigil in memory of the young man who was shot last week at 31st & Girard was not attended by myself. I had no intention of gathering with the bleeding heart types who think the answer to crime is to feel intensely sad about the senseless murder of a person. I suppose the vigil accomplished some worthy things. It probably raised consciousness of the need for good lighting.
I just wasn't in the mood to be in attendance at this vigil as an observer. I stayed home.


  • At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When I learned of a "candlelight vigil" being held this last Monday for Mr. Zebuhr, my reaction was similar to yours (in the since of it being a pathetic response to this tragedy). After arriving home from work I dashed off a sign reading:

    Sheep or citizen? Your choice.

    With sign in hand I stood at the entrance of the Bryant Square Park building where the "candlelight marchers" were returning from their walk. The typical reaction from those passing me by was a bemused,(distainful?)smirk. I did however have a few inquiries as to what "MCPPA" stood for. I can perhaps understand the average citizen not knowing that this is the acronym for the "Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act", but I was astounded that it needed to be explained to one of Minneapolis' finest,(an overweight female officer whom I doubt could chase down a seven year old), as well as the DFL House Minority Whip, Margaret Kelliher.
    I had to ask Rep. Kelliher if she was kidding when she asked what my sign referred to. When I was assured that she clearly didn't know, I pointed out that she may have heard a little bit about it in the media a few years back (as well as in the Legislature where she voted against it!), "You know, the law recognizing a law abiding citizen's right to carry the means of self protection?" "Oh, the gun thing", I believe was her response once the fog lifted. When asked how she felt about the law, "I preferred it when Sheriffs issued at their discretion" (or words to that effect), was her reply. In other words, no exercising of this most basic right if you live in Minneapolis.
    Of course no one will ever know if the events of March 18th would be any different had Mr. Zebuhr, or someone in his party been prepared to defend themselves, but we could be talking about one less predatory thug, or ideally a thwarted attack, instead of the loss of this promising young man.
    When the predators are kept guessing, we are all safer.
    One young woman told me that she felt I was being "very presumptious",since I had no way of knowing the victim's stance on personal protection, and perhaps she was right, but if I caused one person that night to think about their rights (and responsibility as a citizen)then I have no regrets.

  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    (in the sense of...)

  • At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I typed in Mike's name today because I miss him. I miss him terribly...and I came across your post. Too bad you couldn't have written something about him being a wonderful, smart, talented, gentle human being---because he was. Mike also really valued freedom--in every sense of the word---so I'm glad you have your freedom of speech. I wish that everyone---when exercising their freedom of speech would be as gentle with their words as he was a person.


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