This has been a banner year for protests and there’s no end in sight. There have been plenty of BLM protests that have made the news and anti-Trump protests have already begun to catch up. But aside from the rampant stupidity of protesting an elected president, is the more serious issue of the danger these road-blocking spectacles are creating. This week, one of them proved fatal.
The father of a 4-year-old girl died after anti-Trump protesters blocked roads and delayed an ambulance from reaching the hospital, according to an anguished message posted on Facebook.
“I have to unfacebook for a few days. I had a patient die during a transfer last night because our ambulance was stopped by protesters and had to drive an extra 45 minutes around the blocked roads,” the anonymous post reads.
“I can’t today. They can give their f**king safety pins to my patient’s fatherless 4 year old daughter,” the post concludes.
The mention of “safety pins” is in reference to a campaign started by anti-Trump protesters to wear safety pins to “show support for the vulnerable” and to express the fear that Trump’s supporters “may physically or emotionally abuse minorities, immigrants, women and members of the L.G.B.T. community.”
The report of anti-Trump protesters blocking an ambulance has not been verified, but it’s not unlikely given that anti-Trump demonstrators have blocked roads in numerous cities and states, including the I-94 in Minneapolis, the I-5 in Portland, numerous freeways in Los Angeles, a major highway in Phoenix, and the I-95 in Miami.
Back in July, a Black Lives Matter chapter was blocking off a highway in Memphis, shutting down the I-40 bridge. Hundreds of protestors blocked it off, leaving thousands stuck in traffic for hours. During the time traffic was stopped to a halt, among those stuck on the bridge was a family who desperately needed to get their child medical attention. In a miracle, emergency medical services were able to get to the family, take the child, and have him driven to the hospital (which took them an extra 25 minutes thanks to the protestors).
Thank God the child was OK – but not all protests have a happy ending. We are praying for the family of the father whose life was lost in such a senseless tradegy.
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