A man is considering doing a mass shooting. He owns a rifle, he lost his job and he has nothing to lose. He had not done anything illegal “yet.” However, his girlfriend got his messages and gave them to authorities, and now this person is locked up. For those of you unfamiliar with this story here it goes:
There are a “lot” of stressed people in the world. They are down on their luck, they have been through a lot of turmoil and they have no reservations about inflicting harm upon others. We didn’t need to wait for this man to actually “commit” a crime before locking him up. Innocent people would probably have been killed by ignoring him. The one thing that he has in common with other mass shooters is that he “told his story” to someone beforehand. If we paid closer attention to those who want to inflict harm we could probably catch most random act shooters before they get the chance to pull the trigger. As difficult as this must have been for his girlfriend, she should be known as a hero. She probably saved a lot of lives by turning him over to the police. I’m sure there are others out there engaging in the very same behavior, and I only hope that people will do the same thing. I believe they ought to have “social media police.” That would be people who monitor activities of others on social media. Most crazed people with devious thoughts want their stories to be told. Very rarely do people engage in mass shootings without a motive behind their actions. They will tell their story to someone because they want the fame for what they do. The fame of their crime might be the only positive thing they can get in their lives. We need to listen, and we need to act. If you remember Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber from years ago, I think I actually met him once in New Jersey. He was talking weird about how wrong he believed the government was for the shooting in Waco, Texas. He was loud and several people at the store heard him, including me. After he left, we all talked about how abnormal he seemed to be. I have no idea if he was the same guy or not, but he looked like the pictures I have seen and he seemed to have the same ideals. I wish I had reported him. We need to look at people like him, and we need to report “any” suspicious behavior. I will definitely do so. Hopefully you will do the same. Safety should be our number one issue. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly with actress Gabrielle Union