My friend John waits 72 hours to comment on a mass shooting, and that’s a good idea.
I’m not that patient. I can only wait 24 hours.
Here’s what we know about the massacre in a Baptist church in Sutherland, Texas.
- The shooter was an Air Force veteran with a bad conduct discharge and a conviction for domestic violence. With that on his record, he could not legally own guns. Didn’t stop him, because the Air Force didn’t pass on his conviction to the FBI. Remind me again how universal background checks will stop such things from happening.
- Good guys with guns, in this case, neighbors with long guns opened fire on the shooter, driving him away from the church. File this one under “Don’t mess with Texas.”
- If your first instinct is blame the people who have suffered this horror because they choose to place their faith in God rather than placing their faith in the government, (a government who screwed up mightily and let a prohibited person buy a gun) you are a very bad human being who sucks at life.
I do not suffer from the illusion that those who do not respect the law of God (and man) will somehow respect God’s sanctuary and not commit a horror inside the church. I’ve carried my CCW gun into church ever since I got my permit and my pistol, and if you can carry, you should, too.
And pass the ammunition.