I’m holding out that humanity still has a sliver of respect left. On days like today, I cringe for the future of this world.
This morning, just hours before I arrived for work, a private security guard was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in the lobby of the building in which I work. The armed gunmen only got away with the security guards gun, but stole a whole lot more – a man’s life.
Before moving to Australia from the United States, this kind of violence was more common than it is here. But Australia’s attention and reaction to this event is the kind of reaction I’d expect to such a mindless and horrible act. Maybe it is because the shooting happened in a popular business district and tourist area of the city, or perhaps it’s because this kind of act was still able to happen, despite Australia’s strict gun laws. Either way, the loss of life is not loss of deaf ears here.
It’s a sad event – one that has occurred entirely way to close for comfort. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a crime committed within walking distance of my office. Only a few weeks ago, a lady had her belongings stolen in broad daylight. We witnessed the robber running off through one of the most popular tourist areas of Sydney. I’ve never felt unsafe in the city, nor had Sydney picked as an unsafe and crime ridden destination. With these events happening in rapid succession, I’m starting to think otherwise.
In any event, rest in peace Mr Allibon – you didn’t deserve this.