Boulder shooting, later in the week

Details emerge, still slowly, correlations, coincidences, concerns.

We’ve learned that the shooter is an angry young man, 21, who in high school felt persecuted for his Muslim faith. Interviews paint the picture of short-tempered, angry child, seeking venegance on an unfair world. Born in Syria, raised in America  it seems he never felt he belonged anywhere. Not a defense, not an excuse, just an observation.

Apparently, he bought a gun a day after Boulder’s assault weapons ban was overturned by a District judge. It’s iffy if the assault ban would have prevented the purchase. The buy was a “pistol” version of an AR-15: same ammo, same cyclic rate, shorter barrel, no stock. Same deadly impact with likely a shorter range.

Don’t know if that’s what he used. A witness’s account of him standing over an elderly victim and shooting repeatedly into the body lying on the ground sticks in my mind.

What he used isn’t that important in the long run. The image of a pudgy boy wearing shorts and nothing else being led away in ‘cuffs closes the curtain, naught but flashing lights and tears to dress the stage.

True to form, the defenders of our liberties took to social/media decrying the flurry of talk of regulation. “Now is not the time to have this discussion,” stated the Colorado Shooters Association’s representatives. The CSA played a key role in overturning the assault rifle ban earlier in the month.

I agree with them that this is not the time. From my background, we should never have to have this conversation. Yet, every shooting, “now’s not the time” comes up as the defense of the gun lobby. Columbine, Aurora, the stem school, Douglas High School, all these just in Colorado.

When is the time? When will we have a time when there’s NOT a shooting? Unfortunately, when we’re not staring at our various screens and papers at the latest outrage, it gets swept under the rug, until the rug gets pulled out again. And again. And again.

I personally have no solution, there’s no easy fix and, as Patty Limerick said, “If you think you’ve got an easy answer, you’re not looking at it hard enough.” And every year it seems to get harder as we, as a nation, grow more and more polarized.

I want to see a reliable fix, applied on a national scale, but what that looks like, I have thoughts but no robust solution. I’m not a lawyer. The reliable fix needs to be built, not as a knee-jerk response that can be ripped away like a band-aid, but as a researched, thought out and rational solution that can last.

But that jerking knee can move the foot forward, take that first step, start the journey while the blood is still on our hands. Take the energy and direct it to something good, don’t let it dissipate. Take the first step, pull out some paper and draw the map that leads to a time when these cycles spin no more. One small step.

Another shooting, close to home

Ten people killed in a Boulder King Soopers, one a Police officer, the suspect in custody.

Major shootings since I’ve been here: Aurora (‘93), Columbine High School, the Aurora theatre, multiple shooters in schools the last ten years with low casualties but high emotional impact.

Ten more after eight killed in Atlanta last week in spa shootings. Thew Boulder one hit me as the officer that was killed, first on scene, had been noted for rescuing ducklings from a grate a few years back. Commonalities.

Now we do the same old dance that happens with every shooting. Thoughts and prayers are sent out , polite meaningless nothings. No cost, no real benefit.

Then the media, grasping at any piece of info to be the first. Got to get the ratings, get the killers name out there.

Then the politicians get in the game. Ban the guns! Free the guns! Fewer guns will solve the cause folk are afraid! Everyone should be armed then folk will be afraid to pull their guns. 2nd AMENDMENT! LIBERTY!

Same bullshit, different week. No easy solution We just become numb to the fact that leaving our house carries a risk of being killed by some random shithead with an ax to grind who should never have been able to get a gun .

Atlanta again

Sad news from Atlanta again, a twenty-one-year-old man went on a shooting spree in three spas, killing eight with one more seriously injured. Police stopped him on the freeway on his way to Florida for more shootings, because, of course, Florida.

Currently with the information at hand, the shooter would seem to fit in with the incel group. Young men who are “involuntarily celibate,” and blame women for their issues. They typically believe they “deserve” sex and women should give it free.

Frankly, I don’t understand these idiots.

 The shooter’s parents apparently kicked him out of their house a she was sitting around watching porn all the time.  So, like any other rational person, he went and bought a gun, went to the spas and started shooting Asians. Regardless of what he thinks, seems cut-and-dry hate crime: killing Asian women.

Then you get the professional idiots out.

At Congress they were having hearings on the rise of attacks on Asian Americans since the Covid outbreak and the Cheeto-in-chiefs “Kung flu” and “china virus” bullshit.  A Texas GOP congressman started crying about free speech and “a long rope and a tree” if he can’t blame China for the virus. How he connected the dots that beating Asian Americans and criticizing Chinese gov’t policy to be the same thing escapes me.

Then there’s the Sherriff in Georgia saying the shooter “had a bad day.”

Well, hell ,why didn’t you say so in the first place? The other eight families who are grieving right now, why don’t you march up to their doors and explain that to them.

“A bad day” does not justify going to three separate businesses and opening up with a handgun. Who’s the idiot in charge of that guy?

Sadly, this will get so mired in partisan bullshit, right vs left, whites v minorities, religion v porn, etc., etc. that the families of the slain will get pulled under. Caught in the undertow of folk so invested in proving their point that the families will lose more than their loved ones, they’ll have lost the time to properly grieve.