Saturday’s Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, OK was the scene of almost unspeakable carnage. A woman’s callous disregard for human life left 4 dead, including a 2 year-old boy. A further 44 people were injured, many requiring hospitalization.
“All there was was smoke and panic. Half the emergency personnel in the county were here,” Haxton said.” People were running. (My) first instinct was to get my kids away from the street.”
Two Stillwater Fire Department vehicles participating in the parade were among the scene’s first responders, according to Tom Bradley, the city’s fire chief.”
This was not a mass-shooting. This was not a mass-stabbing. This was not a bombing.
Adacia Avery Chambers used her car as a killing machine. Sure, she likely never intended to kill people when she made the choice to drive drunk. That doesn’t lessen the heartbreak for the families of her victims or the Oklahoma State community.
There are laws on the books prohibiting driving under the influence. Public roadways are “DUI-free Zones”. Chambers used a common tool recklessly and irresponsibly, and scores of lives are changed forever.
Does it matter what that tool was? Should the pathological actions of a callous individual be a reflection on millions of people who use the same tool responsibly for work and pleasure every day? Did the car kill and injure those people, or was it Adacia Avery Chambers?