the national threat of postpartum depression
i’m more disturbed that my government shot and killed an unarmed woman than that it’s in the midst of shut down.
miriam carey was in a compromised mental state brought about by postpartum depression. i don’t know her. i don’t know her story.
but she had one.
from all accounts she was a law-abiding citizen. a daughter, a sister, a mother. she went to school for, became and worked as a licensed dental hygenist.
she had a baby and wasn’t doing well mentally or emotionally afterwards. she may have suffered an injury during a fall.
i have a friend who while suffering from postpartum depression ran outside barefoot in the middle of winter. she left her babies and her husband and ran out of the house into the night. when i think of her story i imagine the flash of headlights in the dark and the slip of the icy ground that she could not feel.
i wonder what miriam was experiencing?
here’s my question.
why shoot her?
why not shoot her tires?
you need her to stop i get it. she’s made extremely poor choices. got it. but you’re a sniper. you can aim and kill her while in a moving vehicle – i’m betting you could have aimed at her four wheels instead.
i wonder if my friend had lived in washington dc that night she ran out of her home. if she would have headed blindly towards the white house and plodded with frozen feet up to that symbol of power, of hope, of help and liberty.
i wonder today if she would have been gunned down.
a person isn’t a bomb. even a threatening person. fear isn’t an excuse for killing an unarmed woman in front of her one year old child.
is this truly the state of our government?
yes, it is.
as mothers, as women, as ordinary citizens we should slow way down and take note of this occurrence. of the many reports that come at me from the media. from miley to debt ceilings, from shut downs to syrian support – this story, this almost buried blip on the screen, this story is more troubling than any other.
miriam carey’s death is a sign of the times to be sure.