Here’s the latest on what we know about Friday’s mass shooting in a Virginia Beach government office building which left 12 people dead, all but one of them city employees. The shooter was killed by police.
The shooter was a disgruntled city engineer who had worked for the public utilities department for about 15 years and was a co-worker of most of the victims. His motive is as-yet unknown (and per my standing policy, I will not repeat his name.) As usual, an immediate effort was made to politicize the shooting by blaming it on the gun, the NRA and the lack of “common sense gun laws.”
But the shooter used guns he had obtained legally (two .45-caliber pistols, not a semi-automatic rifle), he had no criminal record that would have shown up in a background check, and the city office where he staged the attack was already a “gun-free zone.”
There’s more at the link, but it won’t answer the big question: “Why?” Why are there now so many of these mindless, conscienceless mass shootings that America never suffered before recent decades? At this link, Tom Stark looks at the shift in society that immediately predated the era of mass killings and how it was marked by removing God from schools and the public square and transforming America from a God-centered nation of people with mutual respect for one another to a secular humanist nation of separate groups, all clawing for privileges over each other.
Leftists may claim that has nothing to do with it, that it’s the prevalence of guns that led to this and if we just make guns harder to obtain, we’ll stop it.
But I keep thinking back to when I was in high school. Just about every boy drove to school in a pickup with a rifle rack with a deer rifle hanging in it. The school parking lot was filled with student-owned guns. Yet it never even crossed our minds to ever aim one of them at a teacher or classmate. Despite the left’s claims, it’s far harder to get a gun now than it was then. So if we really ever want to stop these mass killings, we need to ask ourselves (and answer honestly): What changed?