Words Fail

Words fail us sometimes in trying to make sense of tragedies like the recent shooting at an elementary school in Texas by a mentally deranged gunman just 18 years old. The victims include 19 children and 2 adults and some 14 others wounded including his own grandmother whom he shot in the face.

The killer may have had a juvenile criminal record but there is no record of him suffering from mental health issues. He was a high school dropout. In school, he was unpopular and a loner.  He was fatherless and lived in a poor household.

The shooter had legally purchased two AR platform rifles on May 17 and May 20 from a ‘local federal firearms licensee,’ along with about 375 rounds of 5.56 and .223 ammunition.

He then broke several federal and state firearms laws by bringing that weapon onto school property and massacring a classroom full of little kids.

It is reported that during the shooting, 2 parents showed up with guns but were not allowed in to assist.

As usual, the most emotional displays of outrage tend to get the most press coverage:

Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors chose to talk about the shooting at a press conference over his team’s performance: “tired of moments of silence, ENOUGH, there are 50 Senators who REFUSE to vote on a background check & it’s been sitting there for 2 years!”

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut was on the Senate floor and also gave an impassioned speech: “THESE KIDS WEREN’T UNLUCKY. THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN THIS COUNTRY AND NOWHERE ELSE,”