November 5, 2017

It’s been a while, I know but things have been crazy around here. First (as usual) I got sick after taking the plane flight home and it’s only today that I’ve been starting to feel halfway human again. Second, Tracey had major shoulder surgery (she fell off her bike a few months ago) and I’ve got Tam to nurse her and five bunnies in the house that need taking care of. Work has been a bitch as usual, so there’s been no time to even try and catch up with things.

It’s a shame to come back from an extended break with events like this but here are my thoughts:

1. Of course Democrats and the talking heads all over the cable networks will do their usual thing politicizing another gun massacre before the bodies are even cold. These people don’t just have any compassion, they are bloodless, soulless sons of bitches. Once again, it will be found that every gun control law on the books wouldn’t have prevented this guy from getting the weapons he used. But laws don’t matter to these folks unless their absence forwards their political agenda. Because to these people, politics is the only thing they think about.

2. Rather than focusing on the weapon(s) used in cases like this, shouldn’t we be having a meaningful dialog about the kind of people perpetrating these kinds of events? Who are they? What signals or messages were they sending out ahead of their actions? I guarantee people knew and said nothing to the authorities. In my view, you have to make examples of people who knew things and did nothing about it to make people understand it’s just not acceptable anymore to see something and not say something.

3. On a similar note, what kind of unbalanced person would do such a thing? How do they get to this point? I’d be more than happy to point a finger at the entertainment industry and the music industry and to the kind of violence they shovel at us on a daily basis. But if that were true there would be more of this kind of stuff. You can watch TV and listen to music and play video games and be able to separate fantasy from reality. This person had to have exhibited signs that would make him a person of interest.

4. To that end our law enforcement needs to get a whole lot smarter and upgraded. Sometimes a minor intervention can prevent a major atrocity from occurring.

5. It’s time public places start thinking about how to secure their premises with better security. I think not just about churches, but stores and supermarkets. I know it would entail greater costs, but you just can’t take a chance these days. I think of places like my local supermarket where people can just walk in and out as they please. Seems to me whether it’s security that is paid for or volunteered, anything you can do to reduce the chances of some rogue loony coming in and shooting up the place because they ran out of romaine lettuce is where we’re heading towards.

6. Makes you wonder what kind of upbringing the shooter had.

7. It’s a pretty damned lousy world we find ourselves living in when someone starts shooting up people worshipping in churches.

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