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The other 9 year old girl shot and killed in Tucson

There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores.

She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She was nine years old

More at Crooks & Liars.

Of course, this has nothing to do with the Tea Party Terrorists or their political wing the GOP, or even their Minutemen friends. Nor does it have anything to do with the language used by them

  1. January 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Thank you for posting this equally awful murder of an innocent child. When and how will all of this gun violence [and other forms of violence] end? Here we are 11 years into the 21st century and our children are gunned down as easily as the wind blows. Is this civilization? Is this where we’ve come?

    • January 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      The Minutemen are nothing but vigilantes and any decent society would reject them, the American right however applauds them. Sad.

  2. January 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    The problem here is that the average gun violence victim is written off as being a criminal, gang-banger. It’s really sick that we hear about pro-life, but the right to life seems to end at birth. Thus, the children of the poor are “choices, not children” (while foetuses are children, not choices).

    So, the right dislikes having the victims of gun violence publicised, especially if they break the mould of the gang banger.

    Likewise, pro-life is a hollow phrase when it doesn’t allow for life affirming programmes.

    First, the sanctity of life is a concept that one believes in. It is, in other words, a moral conviction.

    Second, it is a moral conviction about how human beings are to be perceived and treated. Belief in the sanctity of life prescribes a certain way of looking at the world, in particular its human inhabitants (with implications for its non-human inhabitants—a subject for another article). This perception then leads to behavioral implications related to how human beings are to be treated. Moral conviction leads to perception and flows into behavior. Notice that in constructing my understanding of the sanctity of life in this way I am emphasizing worldview dimensions first (convictions), character qualities next (perceptions), and behavioral prescriptions last. I think this is actually how the moral life works.

    The third thing to notice about this definition is its universality. Rightly understood, the sanctity of life is among the broadest and most inclusive understandings possible of our moral obligations to other human beings.

    All human beings are included (each and every human being), at all stages of existence, with every quality of experience, reflecting every type of human diversity, and encompassing every possible quality of relationship to the person who does the perceiving. What all are included in is a vision of their immeasurable worth and inviolable dignity. This means that each of these human beings has a value that transcends all human capacity to count or measure, which confers upon them an elevated status that must not be dishonored or degraded.

    This breathtaking and exalted vision of the worth and dignity of human beings is what we mean, or ought to mean, when we speak of the sanctity of life. It is a moral conviction that continually challenges our efforts to weaken it. Yet weaken it we do, whether purposefully or unintentionally. Most often we weaken it when we chafe against the implications of its universality—its vision of the weak, the enemy, the disabled, the stranger, the unborn, the sinner, the poor, the ex-friend, the racial other, or whoever else we find it difficult to include within the community of the truly human.

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