no longer sanctuaries
First, the good (albeit greedy) news – Better Half and I were not at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church this Sunday, and thus were not part of the shooting that took place there. Honestly, I had no idea what a “Unitarian Universalist” church was before checking out their “we believe” page, and suffice to say that its beliefs are not exactly in concert with ours. That is neiither here nor there, just rambling.
Now for the bad news – seven people were wounded (two still in critical condition), and both Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger died. The latter died of her wounds at the hospital, and Greg McKendry died a hero, giving all by shielding others in the church with his body. Additional heroes, including Dr. John Bohstedt, were able to tackle the shooter to the ground after he was only able to fire three rounds.
This is a tragedy no matter how you cut it, and my prayers are with all of the people and families affected by this senseless attack. The news is reporting that the frakking moron who perpetrated this attack (and who will remain nameless on this weblog – murderers should not be remembered, only reviled) wrote some letter explaining his reasons for the attack (some idiotic dren about his unemployment and the evil of the liberal movement and more stupid-assed crap like that), but, honestly, none of that matters whatsoever.
This is the simple fact of the matter: There is no excuse, whatsoever, for walking into a church and attempting to senselessly murder tens, if not hundreds, of people. None at all. Period. It does not matter that he was frustrated over being unemployed, it does not matter that he does not like liberals… nothing he has to say matters in the slightest, smallest, tiniest bit. What he did was unconscionable, and without excuse. The shooter should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (which, given the plethora of witnesses and video camera, should not be difficult), and granted the highest punishment available.
One thing is for certain – it is this kind of thing that only serves to solidify my desire to carry a firearm… if nothing else, it goes to prove that nowhere is safe from deranged and unhinged criminals – not “gun free zones”, and not even holy places like churches. I am not naive enough to believe that simply carrying a firearm would ensure that I might come out of a similar situation alive, or that I could necessarily influence it at all. But I would rather have the opportunity available to me, the capabilities inherent in the firearm, the ability to do something to possibly level the playing field… than not. I congratulate and deeply thank Mr. Greg McKendry, Dr. John Bohstedt, and all the other people involved in bringing the shooter down, but I see no reason to not augment my own natural, limited strength with the tools that are available to us now.
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