Texas Massacre

A few thoughts on yesterday morning’s awfulness in Sutherland Springs.

  • It is hard to overstate how devastating this is to that community. About 1 in 14 people who live in the town are dead this morning, murdered because they were going to church. There are no words for this kind of devastation.
  • I can not comprehend the kind of evil that goes into this kind of act. Murdering for money or out of anger or something is vile enough. But how evil do you have to be to just go into a church and start shooting people, including children?
  • A lot has been made of the fact that three of the five deadliest shootings in American history have taken place in the last few years. A few points on that: first, that only applies to since the mid-20th century. Before then, you will find many shooting massacres that were deadlier. We just called them “race riots” because that was a more convenient term than “white people murdering a bunch of black people because reasons”.
  • That having been said, I do wonder if these mass shooters are refining their methods. We know the Sandy Hook shooter was fascinated by earlier shootings. We are seeing a pattern: multiple guns, rapid-fire guns, tightly-packed crowds, places where there will be little to no armed resistance.
  • I don’t know if we can do anything about that. But maybe not giving these shooters the post-mortem fame they crave would help.
  • This shooting appears to have been made less deadly by the intervention of an armed citizen. While this is the first time that’s applied to this level of massacre, we have seen many shooting stopped by armed citizens either before anyone was killed or after minimal loss of life.
  • The angry Left-Wing response to “thoughts and prayers” seems badly misguided. In the face of incomprehensible tragedy, many people pray. That’s the way religion works.
  • And frankly, given that the immediate response to this sort of thing is a demand for gun control, I would argue that the Left is praying too. They’re just praying to a different god: the tin-plated one of government power.

Events are still unfolding. We’ll hear a lot about the shooter. But my only interest in him is in what we can learn to prevent future incidents. What I really want to hear about is the victims. They’re the ones we should be talking about, not the dirtbag who killed them.

3 comments:

  1. Christopher

    The angry Left-Wing response to “thoughts and prayers” seems badly misguided. In the face of incomprehensible tragedy, many people pray. That’s the way religion works.

    Will Wheaton’s response was particularly stupid.  I, personally, am not the least bit religious, but I think it’s worth keeping in mind the fact that the victims (the deceased, the wounded, and other survivors) were in a church when this happened; meaning that they were religious, and undoubtedly the praying type.

    If I had been there when it happened, I’d be extremely pissed by anyone telling someone else to shut up for saying that I will be in their thoughts and prayers.  If anyone has any right to tell someone off for an inadequate response, it would be the people who were affected by this massacre, not some asshole on the internet who thinks the lack of gun control was somehow responsible for this.  And even then, said person would only be able to speak for himself/herself, not for everyone affected by the tragedy.

    I’m not aware of any religious person who treats prayer and religion like a Dungeons & Dragons game, that being in a church would somehow make a prayer more powerful.  So, Wheaton’s response was idiotic in many different ways.

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