Authorities have identified a Facebook post believed to have been made by the shooter around the time of the attack, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the ongoing investigation.
In it, the writer says: “I hope people call me insane… (laughing emojis)… wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’… or ‘keep you in my thoughts’… every time… and wonder why these keep happening…”
He probably could have killed more people with the second technique. Shooting aimlessly. Place was packed. He was probably a good shot, anyways. He must have been living in hell. Too bad he had to take 12 people. My guess is we will do nothing to change background checks or health screenings. Prayers, probably. Like all the other mass shootings.
This might’ve hit more but would have killed less. As it was, he killed far more than average. We now have enough of these happening that the average person like me has a feel for “normal” mass shooting numbers.
The problem we have is that background checks would do nothing to stop most shooters. Most of them have totally clean backgrounds and many have totally clean health records.
You have over 100,000 shootings a year, and over 30,000 gun deaths a year. Last year, Chicago alone had over 600 murders. The entire nation of Canada (with a population about 20 times that of Chicago) had fewer. When Isa comes to Canada, I tell her she can walk alone anywhere she wants at any time of day or night in any of our cities.
It’s easy to abandon a topic by pretending to be offended by my choice of words. Choose whatever words you want. The numbers speak for themselves.