So often, we think of terrorism and hostage taking as something that happens in far off places. We remember the September 21, 2013 shopping mall shooting in Nairobi Kenya when several gunmen staged a deadly, four-day standoff with Kenyan forces while holding hostages. We may also remember the September 9, 2013 incursion in the Philippines when 200 hostages were held and used as human shields against government troops. However, these things also happen closer to home.
On January 3, 2013, a Bronx man was taken into custody after holding his 4-year-old daughter hostage in his apartment for two hours. The 31-year-old man locked himself inside the apartment with the little girl after a fight with his wife.
On January 29, 2013, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran boarded a school bus in Midland City, Alabama, killed the driver, and took a five-year-old boy hostage. On the afternoon of February 4, law enforcement agents entered the veteran’s bunker, killed him, and rescued the child.
On July 26, 2013, a mass shooting occurred at an apartment complex in Hialeah, a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Seven people, including the shooter, were killed in the incident. The shooter, after setting his apartment ablaze, opened fire from his balcony and inside the apartment. He held two people hostage before being fatally shot by a SWAT team.
On August 4, 2013, a man in Queens, New York, took his girlfriend and father hostage and refused to surrender to police. The man, who has an extensive rap sheet, pistol-whipped a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene when the former convict got into an argument with his girlfriend. He then dragged his girlfriend inside his parents' home.
On August 13, 2013, a man who took hostages at a bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana, released one woman and shot the two remaining hostages, killing one of them, before being shot and killed by police. The mentally unstable man, who believed a device had been implanted in his brain, heard voices in his head.
Now in Washington, DC, stubbornly partisan politicians are holding the entire country hostage; and we taxpayers hired them all.
Are you willing to compromise, or do you see that as defeat?
Do you fight for the good of all, or strictly look out for number one?
Can you tell the difference between proven facts and theories?
Whom have you held hostage lately?