I was out much of yesterday, so I don't know many details about the awful mass-killing in Tennessee at the Waffle House. But without drawing any conclusions until authorities know more, it was hard not to be shocked to learn that the killer had declared himself to be a far-right wing extremist "sovereign citizen" who used an assault rifle and that the three of the victims were black, and the fourth Hispanic. Maybe that's all coincidental, although such shootings don't tend to be coincidences, but planned. I'm sure more details will come to the surface. But that seems to be a far-too standard and disgusting starting point these days.
I do hope the mass killer is not one of the "very fine people" who Trump associates with such groups. But you never know... Though I do at least hope he'll praise James Shaw Jr, the man who tackled the gunman, despite Shaw being black.
Mind you, I don't know if Trump would have run into the room and taken a bullet to save lives like James Shaw Jr. did? I don't suspect most would people, so if not that's okay. But given Trump's penchant to makes all stories about himself, I suspect it's possible he'd say so.
I also don't know if the gun corporation-owned NRA has offered "Thoughts and prayers" yet, though, or explained how this is the fault of anything other an an AR-15? Nor if Ted Nugent, has he chimed in. (Still "surprised" he's on the NRA board...)
Yes, I know the Waffle House mass murderer has previously been declared mentally ill. Funny though how such things work out that way. Funny too how the NRA pushed for the Senate and Trump to pass the bill that overturned the Obama law about not reporting the severely mentally ill for background checks.
I wonder what the over/under will be for right-wing politicians and the NRA to start attacking the Parkland students when they speak out about this latest mass killing...?
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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