JCC Mods: Feel free to roll this into the Gun Control thread if you feel this is a redundant topic, or modify the thread title if you feel it too incendiary In the course of less than a week, two instances of men being fatally shot by police have made headlines. In the first, an Ohio man was fatally shot by police in a Wal-Mart while carrying a toy gun. According to his girlfriend, she was on the phone with him during the incident, and just prior to being shot, he was heard saying "its not real." Also worth noting is that a bystander collapsed and died while fleeing the scene. Over the weekend, an unarmed Missouri teen was shot and killed by police. Details surrounding the incident are unclear, but multiple eyewitnesses indicate that the young man had his hands in the air when the shooting occurred. Meanwhile, a group of Texans have marched into various establishments with fully functional and loaded rifles, freely and without police interference. Of course, excluding possible police hesitation about confronting a large group of armed men, what might be the reason behind the wildly different levels of police response? Let me offer a theory. Better yet, let me illustrate: John Crawford Michael Brown A couple of guys from Open Carry Texas Why is it that a Black man gets shot for carrying a toy rifle in a place that sells toy rifles while insisting that the rifle he's carrying is a toy, while Whites can maraud as they please while carrying actual assault weapons?