I just returned home yesterday from a 5 day trip to St. Louis where I was moving my daughter into her new apartment for college. As I am sure you are all aware, St. Louis is a hotbed of controversy to say the least right now.
Just like you, I have no factual information on the Ferguson shooting nor am I going to express any opinions on the actual shooting itself. I will say the whole of St. Louis is in chaos and leaving my daughter so close to this pandemonium was not exactly the easiest thing I have ever done.
What I will talk about and will never understand is WHY would you riot and loot your own city? I understand protests, marches, sit-ins, petitions, etc. I understand being upset, confused and frustrated. I do not understand destroying the town you live in especially when you are not financially able to leave said town once it is destroyed. The rioters are shooting each other, burning the only shops they have to shop in and destroying the property of their neighbors. I would like to know how protesting a shooting by going out and shooting someone else makes sense to anyone. And the violence just continues to escalate. How do they not realize that if this continues, they will no longer have a place to call home?
I really grieve for the elderly and the children living in that neighborhood. They have very little hope for escape and no way to defend themselves. They are having to hunker down in the dark and pray that they not only wake up with their property intact but their actual lives. The children are not able to go to school or even outside to play. The emergency services are so overworked and spread thin that 911 is not even able to respond full time with ambulances or fire trucks to the actual life threatening emergencies that deserve their attention.
Quite simply, life is on pause while the neighborhood rioters wage a mini war on each other all in the name of stopping unnecessary violence. The irony breaks my heart.