Friday, April 27, 2018

Again with the guns

You might have heard about the shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Nashville last weekend.

This is getting a little too close to home.

It's the second occurrence like this in the past year in our area, the other having been in a small church that is not far from the Waffle House where this took place.

It's an area just a little north and east of where I live, probably 10 or so miles away as the crow flies. Again, way too close.

The story on this guy from last week is he was from Illinois and had already been in trouble with the law. He had even been arrested trying to get in the White House. He had worked in his family's construction business back home, and had made his way down here and was doing something similar. Apparently he had been fired from one job here and had gotten another, but never showed up again after going for one day.

The gun he used had been taken away from him and, as I understand it, his license to carry it had been revoked. It had been turned over to his father, who GAVE IT BACK TO HIM.

He took out four people in said Waffle House, and it might have been more if not for the heroic efforts of a young man who pretty much decided "not on my watch." He confronted the shooter and wrestled the gun from his hands.

The culprit was at large for more than 24 hours before authorities found him. He's behind bars now, and I'm guessing he'll be locked up for the rest of his life.

But the damage is done. More folks are dead at the hands of a shooter who had absolutely no business being in the possession of a gun or guns.

No comment here from me. Just the facts.


Kelly said...

I wouldn't count on that "locked up for the rest of his life" part.

Again, a preventable incident. In this case, I believe there should be charges brought against his father. He needs to be held accountable.

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Scary! That’s how I feel after every school’s a little too close to home. I know part of it is that we can get news 24-7 so we hear about these shootings way more than we used plus it’s a hot button issue so that adds to what is going to be shared in the news, but putting that argument aside, when does enough become enough?!?! I wish any of us knew the answer. I know it’s not a single issue issue as there are many factors that have made us this gun loving, mass shooting country, but the vitriol that comes out during discussions over it, well over anything anymore really, makes solving a problem like this impossible. I’m not hopeful that this country can solve any of its problems if we keep this up.

Ed said...

I've been following the story on the news. What a shame. I wish there was more of a public outcry towards the father giving back the guns but as least up in these parts, there really hasn't.

JanetDax said...

That's right. It isn't about the 2nd Amendment or anything else. A person who should have never been allowed anywhere near a gun killed people.

BrightenedBoy said...

In an era of constant dishonesty and selfishness, the legislative non-reaction to these incessant mass shootings sets a bar for political cowardice. It still amazes me that this has been allowed to continue.

Vince said...

Looking at this from the outside I think they could put in requirements that would make things one whole hell of a lot safer.
But my penny's worth watching this for years is that we are in a far worse place now that in the 80s of the reaction of the anti gun lobby. They tried to use local laws in the States and ended up with most of the concealed carry preventions in place since the 1840 being thrown out by the SCOTUS. Now the situation is that any stop by a cop is a potential gun incident. Then put in cops trained in Iraq and administrations unwilling to take abusive cops to task you have a shoot to kill policy for ethnic communities.