THE death of a man near Rocky River on Sunday has left Tenterfield stunned.
Every week we hear of shootings and violence in Sydney, on the Gold Coast and at other heavily populated places around the country.
Then we go back to our cup of tea and view of the countryside.
It can happen here.
Nearly all of these incidents are not related to each other but are a symptom of a world where the pace has quickened and the population continues to grow.
Even though we are a little sheltered from both, we are not immune to human nature and problems that plague people the world over.
People carry their problems with them wherever they might go.They cannot be buried in the bush or anywhere else.
We are lucky that this sort of thing is a rarity for us.
To see the television helicopters and the influx of police to report and review the incident is a shock to our sleepy systems. It is a relief that most of them have already moved on and are reporting and reviewing new incidents that have happened elsewhere.
Some people face this kind of tragedy almost every day.
While we can mourn the sadness of this type of incident and hope we don’t see such a happening again for a long time, it’s unlikely to be helpful to play the blame game.
Even without a full knowledge of what happened on that night, it is possible to see how such a thing could occur.
Our condolences go out to all the people who were involved in that event - the family of the deceased, the police officers and the people who were threatened on that night.