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July 6, 2008

LETTERS: July 6, 2008

Shooting spurs many questions

I suppose somebody needs to go first, so I will do it.

I am a white male. I do not own a gun or a motorcycle.

Yes, I have been the victim of road rage. It was the most humiliating experience I have ever had in my life. If I had been armed that day, I might very well have responded in exactly the same way as Ms. Parrish did.

Now, with all that said, let me get to the point. Everything Yalanda Parrish did the day she shot Wesley Mosier was wrong! From all the news coverage I have seen, there is no doubt that with her gun permit and hot temper, she was an accident waiting to happen.

To be fair, Mr. Mosier could be Ms. Parrish’s male clone. The only difference between the two was she was armed, he was not.

From the moment Mr. Mosier, in traffic, got off his motorcycle and headed to Ms. Parrish’s vehicle, both individuals had entered “the twilight zone.” She had no idea about what he might do. He clearly miscalculated how she would respond to his presence. Just like the cowboy movies, these two put themselves into a “showdown mode.”

My gut tells me that if Ms. Parrish was white and Mr. Mosier was black, the white community would admire her aggressiveness. Instead of meek surrender, she took the bull by the horns! As for Mr. Mosier, if he’d been black instead of white, he’d been condemned by the white community as just another tough guy who got what he deserved.

Now, after having told the truth as I see it, let me say clearly, the whole incident was a tragedy for all involved. Thank God, Mr. Mosier didn’t die. Thank God, Ms. Parrish called for help and did not shoot a second time.

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