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Posted on June 11 at 7:52 a.m.
As I have posted once before in this forum, there is a bridge in Washington DC, the Duke Ellington Bridge, over Rock Creek Park that for many years was known as "suicide bridge' due to the significant number of people who jumped to their deaths. So ugly barriers were put up at huge cost. Suicidal folk then strolled over to the Taft Bridge and continued jumping. And that was downtown bridge in easy reach of many thousands. If someone is willing to drive all the way out to Cold Springs to jump they will drive somewhere else too. As for the Golden Gate comment, if someone is found despondent one can presume that they perhaps were not too suicidal or else they would have been found floating instead. This reminds me of 1993 when a Pakistani terrorist jumped out of his car at an intersection near CIA headquarters in N. Virginia and shot a lot of people, the local Govt./CIA built a guardpost at that very intersection as if that was the only place that someone could jump out of a car and create deadly mayhem. What a knee-jerk waste of time and money.That said the protecting of police personnel is compelling. perhaps they should have a policy not trying to grab jumping people unless they are somehow tied on. This bridge won't be the only place they face the possibility of being dragged over the edge.
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