Ashli Babbitt (1985 – 2021)

The woman shot to death by DC police yesterday has been identified as 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt was a 14-year Air Force veteran. She was married, and a resident of San Diego.

Babbitt was also a Trump supporter, and a participant in yesterday’s mass revolt at the US Capitol. Her social media accounts indicate that she was a true believer not only in President Trump, but—like millions of Americans—the argument that the 2020 election was stolen. Make of that what you will.

Whatever your feelings about the transparency of the 2020 election, there is one lesson we can all agree on: Mass partisan anger in the public square often has deadly results, and seldom produces positive outcomes. Look at the BLM riots over the past summer. They accomplished nothing. Nor did yesterday’s action.

Since political street fighting is a young person’s game, it is usually the young who lose their lives in such battles. Ashli Babbitt should not have been involved in the action at the the US Capitol yesterday. She should have been doing something else, anywhere else. She should have died not in 2021, but in 2071 or 2081. She should have had many decades of life before her.

The media will not canonize Babbitt, as it canonized the ex-felon George Floyd (who once held a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman while committing a robbery). Nor will the media spend much time asking why it was necessary for the DC police to gun down a young woman who doesn’t look particularly threatening, based on her photos.

The left, being mostly irreligious, has attempted to give us numerous secular saints: not just George Floyd, but—in recent days—Stacey Abrams. Yesterday Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan tweeted an image of a Stacey Abrams prayer candle.

I will therefore refrain from coopting the left’s slogan, “Say her name.” But I will say this: Remember Ashli Babbitt, and remember that she should not have lost her life yesterday.

Remember that just as disputed elections have consequences, so do public outbursts of political anger, like we saw yesterday. All of us, on all sides, need to find better ways to resolve our differences.

Ashli Babbitt, age 35, requiescat in pace.