The recent event in Texas got me to wondering how those who govern us and administer our laws are going to spin this latest episode to equate it to some form of domestic terrorism. Granted it is a horrific occurrence and should not have happened as attested to by the fact a government agency, the U. S. Air Force failed to advise the FBI of the felony committed by the assailant which would have prevented him from purchasing guns in the first place. In the case of the Las Vegas shooter, he too legitimately purchased firearms, but you would have thought the system would immediately flag anyone who legally purchased more than one.
As someone once said, "guns don't kill people, people kill people". The advantage of firearms is that you don't have to be close to do it. Is it the availability of guns that cause people to take out their frustrations in this manner? One would think so. If instead of trying to ascertain why someone would do such a thing, we would try and determine why in populations much larger than our own and certainly with more personal problems than our own such events are not occurring.
I find it interesting that the authorities are still not communicating the facts that would clearly indicated how the perpetrator died. As of this morning we still haven't been told definitively if the third wound, the bullet in the head was inflicted by the perpetrator or the bystander who shot him and then chased him from the scene to where he careened his car into a ditch. The bystander would certainly be able to tell you how many shots he fired. If the perpetrator shot himself, there would be power burns around the wound from the proximity of the gun. Was it a rifle or a sidearm that was found at the scene. All unanswered questions that could have been answered within minutes of finding the body.
As for the Las Vegas affair, we are being told little if anything about the event, what happened in the moments prior to, during and shortly thereafter yet the people involved and there were very few, are not communicating. Do we have a right to know? Yes and no. No, we do not need to know the details of every incident, but yes,we do need to know how effective are the methods and systems in place for our government to carry out the only charge they have and that is the protection of our lives, our liberties and our property. It seems clear from all of these events, they most assuredly are failing to perform their only authorized chore.