We have another mass shooting, killing seven and injuring 21 in Texas again, soon after another mass shooting in that state. But while the El Paso shooting was planned and deliberate (the shooter drove 600 miles to get to his targeted group of Hispanic people) this shooting seems to have been triggered by the most inconsequential of acts.
Soon after 3pm on Saturday a man was stopped by state troopers for failing to signal a turn. The man opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle then fled, hijacking a mail truck and shooting people at random.
The latest suspect, described as a white male in his 30s, was chased and shot dead outside a cinema more than 10 miles from where he was pulled over.
It was not as though this person was wanted for a major crime and mistook a routine traffic stop for being about to be arrested for it.
Later on Sunday police named the shooter as Seth Ator, from Odessa. Public records held by the Texas Department of Public Safety showed he was 36 and had two criminal charges dating back to 2001, one for criminal trespass and one for evading arrest. He pled guilty and was put on two years’ probation.
Also, why anyone would drive around with an assault weapon is something that only the gun nuts understand. And Texas, on the very same day, made it easier for this kind of event to ioccur since “eight new gun laws came into effect on Sunday, dramatically loosening already lax controls.”
Beto O’Rourke has pretty much has it up to here with these killings and blasted the useless calls for ‘thoughts and prayers’ by the state’s governor Greg Abbott.
Thoughts and prayers have done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence. Yes, this is fucked up; and if we don't call it out for what it is, we will continue to have this bloodshed in America. pic.twitter.com/Z4jgzpz6Ur
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
He is calling for “universal background checks on all gun sales, a ban on the sale of AR-15-style rifles and a mandatory buy-back of those weapons.”
That sounds like a good place to start.
But until then …