Zurana Horton, the mother who died shielding her children from stray gunfire on the streets of Brownsville, a particularly lawless section of Brooklyn, has gotten a fair amount of publicity. For having used her own body to ensure the safety of her children, Horton is certainly a hero.
The NY Post this morning ran an editorial about her case being a good example of why the police stop and frisk policy is a good one:
The article mentioned that Zurana, who died at 34, had 12 children. What the article did not mention, but I am curious to know, is how many fathers were involved, whether Zurana had ever married any of them, what sort of child support the fathers were paying, and to what extent her family was living on municipal assistance.
The legacy that Zurana will leave her children is that they had a mother who loved them. The legacy she leaves the taxpayers is probably less benign.