June 3, 2019

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? 

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  • Michael Cull

    06/09/2019 05:15 PM

    I think that you hit the nail on the head with your reasoning.

  • Margaret Kost

    06/05/2019 02:56 PM

    Governor, After reading the article, I read the first 7 comments already online. What I saw was a multitude of legitimate reasons 'why' people loose it and commit murder(s). Mental illness, drugs in their lives presently or in the past, ADHD, violent video games, lack of respect for others and common courtesy are covered. Many would say the biggest reason is guns, yet if a person is not holding a gun, the gun cannot go to the location it chooses and/or the person(s) it decides to shoot and pulls its own trigger.
    I do agree with many of their reasons, yet I come back to the one that I feel is the 'root of evil' that many people have left God behind. Denying there is no God, no Jesus. Allowing 'special dispensation' so to speak, to do as I please, my constitution says that I have a 'right' to do what I want, to hurt someone or maybe they were hurt and are striking out.
    I don't have to obey the laws or any rules, so everyone has a 'right to ___'. My rights may infringe on what you believe your rights are in the same circumstance. So, no one ends up having any rights at all. Everyone is at loggerheads.
    Consideration for others, kindness for no one, ends up hurting all of us in the end, but no one more than God.
    Please consider that loving and obeying a God who loves you steadfastly and more than you could ever imagine, gave us laws and rules because He wanted us 'happy, safe, giving', to be kind and be considerate to each other, our brothers keeper, and not looking to the government.
    Our true enemy is satan. He loves that we are paralyzed. Especially our government. He wants us divided, separated, frozen, in fear, and feeling completely alone and many millions are. In a way that I have not seen before in my 66 years of life.
    We need to 'give an inch'. Say to God I/we need you to change my/our heart and life. When this takes place and man comes together again under God, joy will return, man will not strike out in violent anger and satan will have to flee.
    This is the truth. There 'is joy in the Lord'! Reach out for Him... Be alone no more!

  • Kathy Dixon

    06/04/2019 07:28 AM

    I would be very interested to know just how many of these shooters were treated with drugs as kids because they were "over active or hyper" or more commonly know as "being a kid". Along with removing manners and common courtesy and respect I am guessing plays a large part.

  • Jerry Daniels

    06/03/2019 05:41 PM

    Why is that no one wants to talk about the "elephant in the room": VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES, to which millions of kids are totally addicted! They won't talk about it, probably because we've gone past the point of being able to DO anything about it, other than parents pulling the plugs! And, in this permissive society, that's not going to happen on a large scale. But, maybe one concerned parent at a time might just make the effort, IF we would just raise awareness!

  • Gale Baker

    06/03/2019 04:01 PM

    A friend of mine who is a "life-long journalist" (age 65) launched an online tirade against George Stephanopoulos because he wouldn't give the shooter's name on his Sunday show. I defended him, but few in her community (mostly journalists) did. Would you comment, please?

  • David Colonna

    06/03/2019 01:22 PM

    The truly honest and God fearing people know the truth, which is exactly what all my family and friends believe is taking God out of our schools and communities. However, another major reason is the massive and very easy killing of babies in the womb or abortions. The people who support this have no respect for life and this is propagating across the whole US and entire continents. We are now so close to calling good as evil and evil as good.

  • Karen J. Raufeisen

    06/03/2019 12:55 PM

    What's changed? No discipline! Anything little Johnny or Jane wants to do is ok! Just give them a little tap & send them in their way!
    No, teach them that bad behavior has its consequences!
    Take privileges away, take their cell phone away for a month!
    Make them stay home, no concerts, no visitors, nothing!
    Bad behavior s/b punished, but most parents have no clue how to punish their children!
    Schools can't punish them, so they can do whatever they want there! Time to get back to the basics of discipline!

  • Bianca Roach

    06/03/2019 11:58 AM

    The disdain for God in our society and the rampant, increasing moral decay plays a huge part in the instability of our society. The break down of the nuclear family is taking a toll on society as well. Our children, the most innocent, are now the targets of violence, sexual perversion, ungodly values of every kind. Their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being is at stake and society promotes every bit of it through music, the vast array of media and even in our educational system. Until these things change we will continue on a downward spiral.

  • Marlin Sharp

    06/03/2019 10:45 AM

    Exactly, Governor! What changed? Some might say that the guns have become more sophisticated; but if the gun isn't aimed at anyone, no one gets killed.