Yesterday afternoon, as I was inside of a Walmart in Northwest Mississippi, 15 minutes down the Highway from the one in Southaven, where two employees were gunned down mercilessly earlier in the week by someone whom they knew and had worked with for years, I read on my cell phone that the unthinkable had happened again.
A psychopath had gunned down 20 people and injured 26 others in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
The gunman has since been identified by law enforcement officials as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas. The suspect graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2017.
A large group of law enforcement officials were seen last night surrounding a home in Allen, a town about 26 miles north of Dallas. The investigative group included agents from the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to FoxNews.com,
A woman answered the door after a group of officers knocked. They appeared to speak with her briefly and then she closed the door. A short time later, the door reopened and officers entered.
Neighbor Alice Baland, who lives four houses down, told The Associated Press a retired couple lives at the home associated with the suspect. She described them as sweet people who regularly attend church.
Chief Allen said investigators were examining a manifesto that may have been written by the suspect and would indicate a “nexus to a hate crime,” but declined to offer details. The suspect will likely face capital murder charges, Allen said.
Allen said his department received initial reports of the shooting at 10:39 a.m. and first responders arrived six minutes later. Police asked people to stay away from the area and to look for missing family members at a school being used as a reunification area. El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told reporters shortly before 1 p.m. that one person was in custody and there was no longer an “imminent threat” to the area.
At an earlier news conference, El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said the suspect was taken into custody without incident and no law enforcement officers fired their weapons. The Walmart was near capacity at the time of the shooting, with hundreds of shoppers inside along with 100 employees during the busy back-to-school shopping season.
“This is unprecedented in El Paso,” said Gomez.
Immediately after it happened the usual voices were heard, making political hay of the incident and calling for more gun control.
If gun control was the answer to these acts of wanton violence which happened the last week in Walmarts in Southaven, MS and El Paso, TX, then the city of Chicago, Illinois would be the safest place in the United States of America because they have the strictest gun control laws in our nation.
It has been reported that the young man wore a black shirt and cargo pants. If this is accurate then it could mean that he was a member of the violent anti-Trump organization of idiots known as the Antifa, who were warned by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to stay out of Texas, 29 days before a planned “Border Resistance” military training tour by that Far Left bunch of black-hooded idiots.
Regardless of his reasons or political ideology, there are no excuses for the actions of this young man who so heiniously and efficiently took the lives of those whom he struck down in cold blood.
In both the case of this young man who grew up in Plano, TX and the mass murderer of innocents at Parkland High School in Florida, I have no doubt that there were markers along the way which should have told those who were involved in their lives, both parents and friends, that there was something just not right with them.
You can call it profiling or you can call it a spirit of discernment, as the Bible describes it. Those who were around these individuals should have noticed something.
That is where the title of this piece comes in.
We need evil control. What I mean, is that we need parents to actually act like parents and be involved in their children’s lives. We need teachers and friends who care enough about individuals to say something to both them and to their families when something is just not right.
As someone who watched his parents deal with the mental illness of a family member, I’m not saying that it will be easy. It is a hard thing to face up to and to confront. But, it has to be done.
Those who are constantly calling for gun control seek to punish the entire nation for the actions of some by taking away our 2nd Amendment rights.
If those same people would stop for a moment and consider that guns are inanimate objects which cannot fire themselves and then focus on the true cause of the increase in violence in our nation, then perhaps we could actually start making some headway and provide the care and treatment to the individuals who need it in time to avoid the horrific event of a mass murder, such as happened yesterday in El Paso, Texas.
I am not saying that this will get rid of all of the mentally ill people in our country who wish to murder others, but it seems to me that back in the day when parents actually raised their children, along with the rest of the neighborhood who raised us, we did not see this preponderance of violent acts which we are seeing today.
Also, one last thing. Getting back to raising our children and grandchildren in the “Faith of Our Fathers”, wouldn’t be such a bad idea, either.
Until He Comes,