If you've been following the news today, you probably read that a dangerous and sinister shooter drove through barricades, shot a police officer, and then headed for the Capitol before being shot and killed by the police.
And then you would have read, much later, that the 34-year-old African-American female dental hygienist driving the car was unarmed, did not shoot anybody, did crash into barricades and drive a bit wildly (she was being pursued by armed plainclothes police or Secret Security officers at the time, if that helps), and was shot multiple times in the head and neck--and that the barrage of gunfire that killed her did not, miraculously, hit or kill her one-year-old child who was in the back of the vehicle.
All of which just goes to show that both our news media and our police and security officers tend to be a bit trigger happy, don't you think?
Oh, I know, I know. She could have been a terrorist. She could have had explosives in the car. You can't be too careful, especially in Washington, D.C. during a politically charged debate, etc.
But maybe we've also gotten a bit too used to acting out of fear, and a bit too accustomed to police officers opening fire first and asking questions later, and that's an unsettling thought.