He had a bad day.
That’s what the sheriff said about the 21 year old Georgia man who killed eight people in an apparent mass shooting. He had a bad day.
If his day was so awful, his victims’ day was much worse.
Already, we know more about him than we do his victims: he was “innocent”, “nerdy”, “refused to swear”, “not violent”, and a host of other things. A biography from an Instagram account for the murderer proclaimed: “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life.”
But he had a bad day. So he decided to kill.
Supposedly, he was treated for sex addiction. Supposedly, he might have been kicked out of his house that very night. Supposedly, he had a very bad day which led him to seize a weapon, go to multiple massage parlors and scream, “Kill all the Asians!” while opening fire. Supposedly, he confessed that he was planning to go to Florida to continue the killings.
But, he had a bad day. It wasn’t half as bad as his victims’. But still, he had a bad day.
His victims got up that morning and got ready for work. They had plans for later in the day or the week. They may have wanted to go out shopping with friends, or maybe grab some food from a local restaurant and head home, having a meal alone or with family. They might have been preparing to head to a night class. They may have been getting ready to pick up a sibling’s child from school. Or they may have decided to head to work that day and cover a coworker’s shift.
We don’t know. There hasn’t been a lot said about the victims. But we know quite a bit about their killer.
Namely, he had a bad day.
We have some the names of the victims. But to the mainstream media, this is mere background noise, nothing of consequence. What about the killer? What about the man who pulled the trigger?
He was having a bad day.
The victims’ families will be having worse: they have to live with the agony of never seeing their loved ones again. They have to plan funerals. They may have to step forward and take care of children who lost their only parent in this senseless act. They have weeks, months, years of bad days ahead of them without an end in sight.
Oh, but don’t forget about the killer: he was having a bad day. How awful for him.
If there’s any justice in the universe, may his bad day get a lot worse.