Scary news out of Virginia. Too bad the shooter is dead…why is this always the case? These people who kill other people are always a mystery, and it would be interesting and helpful to be able to hear what they have to say. Normally such comments are suppressed, except for a shouted out inanity in a courtroom, or incoherent suicide note.
My old Journalist Hat comes out of the closet when some of these events occur, and too often the questions that I would ask… if I were doing the asking…never get asked. What would these shooters say? One would think that a perpetrator of such a criminal act albeit stupid and cruel, probably pointless, would have something to say. Oh, right, it is more than likely that if left to speak without restrictions…or to explain their motivation or explanation.
What goes through one’s mind when actually taking a rifle and shooting into an area of innocent people? Is it madness that drives the crime? Are they making a statement? Thinking that they are proving a point? Attempting to set the stage for some kind of mad-crowd riot? Calling for confiscation of guns that kill people—or emphasizing the “right to bear arms?”
Unfortunately it is unlikely that we will ever know the shooter’s rationale for what he did this morning. What we will hear, is speculation, interpretation, opinionated points of view…over and over. The original account of what happened will be related in sound-bites and rambled on and on in talk shows, CNN Commenters assisting the rhetoric by presenting assorted factions’ “talking points” for incessant rehashing. Sadly—the whole incident is like a made-for-TV political presentation—complete with Party Politics, and frought with grandstanding and posturing.
This can’t be allowed to warp into a distraction from the investigations unfolding in Washington now. How could it be more obvious that the honest and honorable committee members must put the Russia investigation on the fast track NOW.