Walmart: Just another shooting

23 thoughts on “Walmart: Just another shooting”

  1. Glad you’re safe and weren’t in harm’s way.

    Sad. Sad that since so few where shot, media here in CA hasn’t covered the incident. One of these days there will be another shooting like this where all the NRA members will start shooting at each other. That will make the news here.

  2. I was wondering how close it was to your house; six miles is still too close for comfort.

    This is exactly the kind of situation that a lot of the gung-ho “good guys” seem to forget about, and we’re lucky that it didn’t become worse than it already was. They also forget that they’re not all “good guys,” and not all responsible. This is clearly one of the hazards of the whole “open carry” movement. Anything that slows down apprehension in cases like this can endanger innocent people. We no longer live in the Wild West, and there’s certainly no reason to bring it back … unless you want to bring back the gallows too (yep, I grew up about 30 miles south of the Hanging Judge’s courtroom); might as well go all the way on that swift justice.

    Oh, but mentioning anything (read: reasonable limits, universal background checks, etc.) means you want a complete ban on guns, doesn’t it? Have I said lately how much absolutists annoy the crap out of me? 😉

    1. As it turned out, the guy headed south, away from my end of town, after the shooting.

      The “good guys” and their guns managed only to make things worse. And yes, absolutists (any kind) bug the hell out of me too.

  3. Oh, my. I had not heard. I rarely watch the news anymore. I just cannot stand to hear anything about Trump, his cabinet, and especially his voice. I read articles while online and listen to talk radio, but I must have missed this discussion as talk radio always talks about the shootings. Carrying guns is one of the most asinine things this country has done. Luckily they didn’t all start shooting at each other thinking that anyone armed other than their own self must be the shooter. I sure as hell NEVER want to be around an armed civilian if someone breaks out shooting people.

    1. Like you, I mostly avoid national news these days. And yep, if I see a gun in the hands of anyone but a uniformed cop, I’m outta there. Let somebody else figure out who’s the bad guy and who’s the good.

  4. I did know that this was your home town, and knew you were safe as you were not reported as a victim.

    I knew you would be giving a report and comment and was getting a bit agitated with the delay. I fully expected your report two days ago.

    Don’t do this to me PT.

    Do we know the actual number that pulled their own guns, in accordance with the wishes of the Commander-in-Chief of the US?

    It really is quite ludicrous. I just sit here shaking my head at the idiocy that allows this state of affairs to continue, thankful that I live in a country where these occurrences are extremely rare

    1. I’m surprised to hear this story made it all the way to Sydney, and even included the names of the victims. I apologize for keeping you waiting for my response. I haven’t read how many people pulled their own guns in response, but it took the police five hours to work through all the possibilities (tracking each individual’s path through the store, etc.) and narrow it down to the one suspect. That’s either a lot of people with guns, or some incompetent investigators, or both.

      Yes, it’s a shame the US didn’t act years ago, as Australia did, to control the problem while it was still possible. There are so many guns in this country now, we could never collect them all.

      1. No; you’re stuck with them forever and beyond.
        We recently had another amnesty for people with guns to turn them in , and many hundreds did. Note the word hundreds. 😀

    1. It is. It’s almost incomprehensible to me that something like this has become so commonplace, so relatively insignificant in our supposedly civilized society. I say “almost” because if you have enough money, you can do or buy almost anything, including US lawmakers.

      1. This is a year of change, but not for guns. I can hardly believe it’s suddenly not ok to assault women or deny climate change. So who knows, one day the tide may turn. But too late for far too many.

      2. I’ve got whiplash from the last two weeks of women finally speaking out and the administration admitting there is manmade climate change. The question is, are these changes permanent or just the current “in” thing? We thought Sandy Hook would surely be the beginning of strict gun control …

  5. With a new year, many Missourians have a new freedom: to legally carry a firearm with or without a concealed carry permit.

    On Sunday, Jan. 1, Senate Bill 656 went into effect. This new law allows open and concealed carry throughout the state, for those 19 years or older, with or without a concealed carry permit. It remains illegal, however, for domestic violence offenders and felons to carry a firearm.

    An old joke is not so funny anymore: “All right everybody, now form a circular firing squad!”

    1. He’d fired all his bullets? It was described as an ordinary handgun. Also, witnesses said he calmly walked out afterwards. You were thinking, perhaps, that all those other guns (number never specified) scared him away? As for no one shooting at him, one could surmise either that the gun owners were too responsible to start shooting in a crowd, or too confused as to their target, or discovered that it’s one thing to carry a gun and quite another to actually use it. I don’t know. You’ll have to read the news reports and draw your own conclusions.

... and that's my two cents