Of course, everyone has heard by now of the horrific mass shootings in that Wal-Mart in El Paso and in Oregon over this past weekend.
I just learned a man armed with at least two weapons and over 100 rounds of ammunition and wearing body armor went into the Wal-Mart I usually go to.
In fact, I was in that very Wal-Mart only yesterday.
I first learned of what had happened when my sister called earlier in the afternoon to make sure I wasn't in that Wal-Mart today and she told me what was going on.
As of right now, the police have not yet stated a "motive" for why this PSYCHO chose to do this or have even given out the man's name.
Thankfully, the man didn't fire a single shot as he only walked through the store and filmed the chaos on his cell phone as people were running out of the store.
He tried to escape through a fire exit and a man who used to be a firefighter held him at gunpoint until the police could arrive to arrest him. (People are allowed to carry concealed firearms where I live.)
According to what was just reported on the local news, the police had cordoned off his car in the parking lot to make sure he didn't have anymore guns and/or explosives in the car.
I feel VERY sorry for all the people in that store this PSYCHO terrorized even though there were NO fatalities unlike what happened in that Wal-Mart in El Paso.
I'm also VERY thankful that this DIDN'T happen the day before when I was there.
Ironically, I have thought about what I would do-how I would react-if some maniac with a gun came into the store carrying a gun. I would likely do what everyone else did and just run out of the store and NOT try to be a hero.
And I'm also thankful that I didn't have to find out.
Of course, I'm not sure what "motivated" this bastard to do this. The FBI reportedly came out with a "study" that claimed about 70% of mass shooters suffer from some sort of mental illness.
It probably goes without saying that no SANE person would do something like this.
Others, of course, have harped about the need for stricter gun control and the "availability" of guns, although I'm old enough to remember a time BEFORE background checks where we DIDN'T have to worry about stuff like this happening, especially in "suburban" areas.
But, then again, I can also remember the time when most people could leave their doors unlocked at night and didn't have to worry about someone breaking in.
Needless to say, we DON'T live in THAT world now.
But, whatever this guy's actual "motive" was or if he does indeed have some sort of "mental" issue, I sincerely hope they nail this fucker's ass to the wall just like those shooters in El Paso and Oregon!
Anyway, I just wanted to post about this since writing seems to help. I'm still freaking out a little about it, and I can only imagine how the people who were in that store were feeling as this was happening.
And, there again, I'm VERY thankful I didn't have to find out.
I'll still likely keep going to that Wal-Mart since, of course, this can now apparently happen ANYWHERE. Plus I'm not going to let fear and/or the actions of one PSYCHO dictate how I'm going to conduct my life.
I would also like to ask that if anyone who wishes to comment on this piece please refrain from posting their thoughts on gun control or even about Trump-pros or cons-since I can read plenty of THAT on sites like-where else!-Twitter.
I, of course, have my own views on gun control and on mass shootings in general which I may post about in a later piece but not now.