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This point got buried in a semi-related thread, but I think it deserves it’s own.
Last week, 75-year-old Martin Gugino was shoved by a member of Buffalo New York’s emergency response unit. I live in upstate New York and this story has almost surpassed the George Floyd murder as the number one topic that every idiot on social media has to give their opinion on. I was pretty disgusted by the video when I first saw it. It’s pretty graphic. Then I started approaching the issue from the perspective of logic and reason. Stoicism is important because emotions tend to blur the truth. Be like Mr. Spock when approaching these situations. Reason. Logic. Stoicism.
Look at how this is being covered by the local media:
The cops brutally assaulted a 75-year-old man. This was an innocent old man who was minding his own business, and besides, who on Earth would push a man that old? What possible harm could this man have done? All of Buffalo’s emergency response unit has resigned as a result of this. Governor Cuomo has been very outspoken about wanting these men fired. I’ve seen all opposing opinions on this immediately shot down as heartless, ignorant, boot-licking, etc. But let’s look at this through the lens of reason, logic, and stoicism.
I’ve heard that the police should have handled this better. I’m not so sure about that. If a police officer shows up to a domestic disturbance call, his goal is to deescalate the situation. He probably shouldn’t just charge in and beat the meth-head who hit his wife. But we are not talking about normal police officers here. If riot control is called in, the situation has already been escalated. Protester or pedestrian, you need to move. This is the last step before the military drop in and you are in a dangerous environment. And you really shouldn’t be touching them. Which brings me to…
Do not touch an officer. Label me a cop sympathizer, I don’t care. “But James, this old man just touched them, it’s not like he threw a punch. And besides, how could he harm anyone at his age?” Oh boy, we’ll get back to this one in a bit. I think the officer probably did go easy on this man. If this was a young person, they probably would have been met with significantly more force.
So what kind of 75-year-old man attends protests? My grandfather went to the VFW in his spare time. I can’t imagine something like a protest even crossing his mind. So, who is Martin Gugino? Here we go, this puts everything into perspective:
“Western New York Peace Center”
“Very devoted to principle”
This is a washed-up Marxist loser who has wasted his entire life. This man-made no dent in the universe. When Martin Gugino is on his deathbed (apparently he has recovered from this incident), he will look over his life and I can guarantee he will have nothing outside of his politics and ideology. No agency and purpose. I have no sympathy for losers like this. And what exactly was this man doing when he was touching the officers?
Trying to interfere with police communications. I’m sorry, but this is obvious. I don’t want to hear that this was just a coincidence. Nobody “scans” people with their phones like that. People should be asking questions instead of reacting when they see things like this. Why was a 75-year-old man at a BLM protest? Why would he touch an officer? When you start looking through the lens of logic and reason, these questions add up. Practice stoicism, or else the truth will be buried.Published in