We know about Texas. We know that 26 people are dead. Here’s what we know about the shooter: the shooter was embroiled in a “domestic situation” with his mother-in-law, who attended the Texas church where he killed 26 people. He had been sending her threatening texts. This wasn’t motivated by racism or religion. This was a domestic situation.
Let that sink in for a bit.
The guy had the equivalent of a felony on his record when he was discharged from the Air Force. However, it didn’t come up on the shooter’s background check. There’s going to be an investigation on that but to me, that’s shutting the barn door three weeks after the horse and every other animal skipped town. Too little, too late.
But think about this: he was a former serviceman. He was “one of the good guys” but had the equivalent of a felony. He was a domestic abuser. He never should have laid hand on a BB gun, much less a rifle or a pistol. Yet he did. And we see what has happened yet again.
Can we have a sane discussion about this? Can we start saying “Enough is enough” and actually do something, rather than hand waving away the loss of life and claiming that these people were “just the price of freedom” or send “thoughts and prayers” that do nothing? Can we?
I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.