|Yes, Many of Them Being Held by Crazy People
He heard voices in his head. He was receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration for mental problems. Police officials were aware of him through two shooting incidents.
Hmm - we've got a crazy guy with grievances, with a demonstrated penchant for gunplay and armed to the teeth - what could possibly go wrong? I can think of a dozen people who might give you a clear answer except that they're dead, felled by the crazy guy with grievances and guns yesterday in Washington's Navy Yard facility.
It's people just like Aaron Alexis who the people of gun-happy American need fear, not terrorists. People with emotional problems are always a threat in any country where access to guns is as pathetically lax as it is in the United States. Alexis should have been ringing all the alarm bells. The V.A. knew his problems. The police in Fort Worth and Seattle knew his problems. Yet he didn't sneak his way into the Navy Yard, he sailed right through the gate armed to the teeth and, pretty obviously, stoked up for a little bit of carnage.
There were a couple of good things to this tragedy. There were no kids killed. The dead ranged from 46 to 73. And apparently Alexis wasn't a particularly good shot. There were several people who said he fired on them and missed.
But this is the Armed States of America, the place where any leader who advocates for even modest gun control measures is quickly out of a job... even in Colorado.
As for the National Rifle Association, a statement was posted to the NRA web site stating that they're all down on their knees grieven' and prayin' for the dead and wounded of the Navy Yard. Oh I'll just bet they are.
Wait, wait, wait - this just in. We can blame the Muslims for this. Yes, it's all their fault. According to the shooter's dad, his son has been dealing with anger issues resulting from post traumatic stress disorder he suffered from the 9/11 attacks. The old man made it sound like the shooter has been Bin Laden's little angel (of death) in waiting ever since.