The Big story in the news for the past couple of days has been covered to death; the Nichol’s escape and capture. But no one is willing to talk about the real story. A 6’4″, 200lb, un cuffed, ex college football player, guarded by a 5’1″, 51 year old, over weight, female guard. This is where all this political correctness has gotten us. No a 5’1″ 51 year old out of shape women cannot do the guarding job of a Big ole man. This is just a fact. In a case like this you want a couple of intimidating individuals guarding the prisoner. You don’t only want them to be able to physically control the prisoner, but also to discourage the attempted escape. The same is true in law enforcement. I am 6’4″ 275 pounds. I could probably loose 20 of those pounds. No, I doubt there are many women who will intimidate me. But even a 5’11” Man in good shape is going to think he can take most women. This encourages criminal individuals to try and resist arrest. That is not to say I think small men should do these jobs either; for the same reason. But all of this common sense thought cannot be talked about anymore. It is not “PC”. All this PC thinking is getting us into trouble, and placing people’s lives at risk; as happened in this case.
Could this have been different if there was a 200lb 6 foot tall, or taller, in shape officer gaurding the prisoner? Maybe, we will never know. should there have been more then one gaurd? You bet. But on prevuios occaisions it had been 2 women of inadequet physical stature gaurding Nichol’s, as stated by a juror. Notice now they have numerous large Men gaurding the prisoner. I think this makes a statement.
There should be height requirements in certain jobs. There should be requirements they stay in shape. There should be physical strength requirements that are above average. Dare I say gender requirements? That would be against the law. But the women should have to meet “all” the same requirements as the men. So young lady step up and bench press 200lbs or get out. Climb over the same wall as the men and run the same distance, in the same time required for men, or you don’t get the job. It is just patently wrong if there are physical and/or mental requirements for a job, that just because of your skin color or gender, you get a pass on the requirements. There should not be easier physical tests, or lower written test scores accepted. How is this discrimination? I have seen the folly of this first hand as a NYC Paramedic. The police and fire dept forced to give easier physical testing to women and hire people with lower test scores because they are a minority. Thus leaving better qualified people sitting on a waiting list for years. Can they do the job? Sort of, as long as women are not required to use physical strength. Then it all falls apart. In certain fields, this can be the difference between life and death. Is it OK if 70% of the time it is not a problem, but 30% it is a problem? What if it is only 5%? But someone’s life is depending on you that 5% of the time; is it still OK? Is it OK as a Paramedic to be forced to work with a 5’5″ normally built women who cannot carry her end of the stretcher all the time? Making it necessary to call for another ambulance to help carry the patient? Taking that ambulance out of service for others that need it? How about if it is a true, life threatening emergency; and time is all important? Do you want to wait for that second ambulance while you are dying?
I think we better re-think some of our anti-discrimination laws in this country. People’s lives depend on it.