Monday, July 28, 2008


Yesterday, a hater of liberalism and reader of Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity opened fire at the performance of a children's play at Unitarian church that prides itself on its decades-long support of "desegregation, racial harmony, fair wages, women's rights and gay rights."

Two people were killed, seven injured.

According to the right-winger blogger known as Confederate Yankee, that's terrible, but not that terrible:

...The two people that died were 60 and 61. Those wounded were 38, 41, 42, 68, 69, 71, and 76. Though Adkisson walked past an assembled group of children outside the sanctuary awaiting their stage call, he did not fire on them. No children were physically injured, and no parents of young children were killed, creating orphans. There is reason to be thankful for that.

Though he was found with 73 live 12-gauge shotgun cartridges, he was only able to fire 3 before being tackled while trying to reload. Most semi-automatic and pump shotguns hold 5 rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, unless plugged for bird-hunting. Those two additional shots would have taken less than a second to fire, and could have hurt several more people, at least. There is reason to be thankful that the previous owner of the gun was probably a bird hunter. There is reason to be thankful that Adkisson apparently didn't know enough to remove the plug.

Sunday was a horrible day for the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and there will be terrible days ahead as they seek to recover, and to heal.

But most will heal, and a day that could have been far worse was not, thanks to small miracles.

Yeah, every so often this gun-culture thing doesn't work out quite right, but why be a gloomy Gus about it? You've got to look on the bright side!


ALSO: You may know already from Pam Spaulding that the Freepers think this just means we need more guns in church, and you probably also know that right-wingers can't get themselves to acknowledge that the shooter's motives were largely political.

Bad enough -- but I'm waiting for the next wave, when the real crazies come out and tell us that this was a deadly ruse cooked up by the evil Obama campaign to score political points.

Think that's nuts? Recall that some right-wingers argued that the Clinton White House knew about the Oklahoma City bombing in advance, and took advantage of it politically -- or actually plotted the attack.

You wait -- Obama will be blamed.

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