Leave it to our current crop of university students to find the most ridiculous cause possible after a terrorist attack: Sympathy for the terrorist himself. That’s what protesters are doing at Ohio State University, where a former student named Abdul Razak Artan went on a rampage two weeks ago. Artan used his vehicle and a butcher knife to attack students, sending 11 of them to the hospital with injuries.
Thankfully, no one was killed in the attack. A huge portion of that thanks should go to the Ohio State campus officer whose proximity and fearlessness brought Artan down only minutes into the assault. The officer shot the Somali-born Artan, instantly earning himself hero status.
Well, not in the eyes of everyone, apparently.
Instead of celebrating the officer, protesters at OSU have condemned his actions, saying it’s another example of police brutality. The protesters claim that justice should not come from a police officer’s weapon, no matter how heinous the crime might happen to be.
Except…no one’s really talking about justice here. Yes, if the officer subdued Artan, handcuffed him, and then executed him, that would be a problem. Still really no cause for tears, but a problem nonetheless. But that’s not what happened here. An officer shot an individual who was in the middle of carrying out a violent crime. Should he have stood there and pleaded with Artan to stop stabbing people instead of intervening? Just wait for the young terrorist to tire himself out? Maybe put him in Time Out for a few minutes until he remembers how to behave?
On Fox News’s Outnumbered, co-host Kennedy said there was no reason to question the OSU officer’s actions when you had a terrorist caught redhanded.
“He’s using two forms of deadly force: a vehicle and a butcher knife,” Kennedy said. “And the only reason he didn’t kill dozens of people is because he wasn’t good at it and because there was a police officer there.”
It’s sad that this is even a point of discussion. Are we so divided at this point that we can’t even condemn bloodthirsty terrorists? What happens when a society is this disconnected from basic principles of right and wrong? Is there any way to recover?
We’ll find out…