Here we go again – or rather, “here we still are.” The news is filled with horrific reports of what they are calling “mass shootings.”
Yes, we had two instances in the last few days of two individuals who each took a gun and used it to shoot and kill innocent people. One at massage parlors in Atlanta which ended with eight people dead and the other at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which left 10 dead.
Apparently, neither shooter had any problem buying a weapon. Did they care who the victims were? Apparently, no. Did they have a “legitimate” reason (whatever legitimate might mean) for the gun rampage? Apparently, no.
The just did it, and judging by comments from their family and friends – after the fact – that they used such violence really didn’t surprise any of them.
Take, for example, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. He’s the 21-year-old man accused of killing 10 people during his shooting rampage at a King Soopers Market in Boulder, Colorado. One of the dead is 51-year-old Eric Talley, the first policeman to arrive on the scene after word of someone with a gun a and shots being fired.
Alissa, who lived in the Denver area, was born in Syria, is an American citizen and a Muslim. He bought the gun he used in the shooting just six days before the massacre.
His family says he had a history of paranoia – he was convinced people were following him and had it in for him.