Today in the morning an employee who was fired two years ago, came back to his former office and shot six people, killing one, in Orlando, Fla. Yesterday, an army psychiatrist opened fire on a crowd of soldiers, killing 13 at Fort Hood, a military post in Texas.
These incidences don’t seem to be connected in any way, except, they both involve a man who picked up (a) firearm(s) and shot people at random. This makes me think of the many other such incidences. I see a disturbing pattern: every so often a disgruntled American unloads (a) gun(s) on a crowd of people.
Here are a few most recent examples.
- Last April a Vietnamese immigrant shot 13 people at a downtown Binghampton, NY, immigration center
- Last March an Alabama man killed his mother, several relatives, and two other people in a shooting spree spanning two Ala. counties
- In February 2008 a former student killed 5 students and injured 18 when he unloaded his gun in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University
- In December 2007 a gunman killed nine people at an Omaha mall
- In July 2007 an unemployed Hungarian immigrant opened fire on gamblers in a Vegas casino. Fortunately he did not kill anyone.
- In April 2007 a student killed 32 people on the Viriginia Tech campus.
- In February 2007 an 18-year-old killed five people at Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although all these shootings are not related to each other, it is quite remarkable that the same thing keeps on happening, over and over and over.
There must be something in the water, no?