In case you haven’t heard yet, some psycho went on a shooting spree in Santa Monica Friday. According to the LA Times, the shooting was premeditated, and the suspect, identified as John Zawahri, had in his possession more than 1300 rounds of ammunition.
The shootings, which left four victims and the shooter dead, took place on a number of typically quiet streets in Santa Monica around noon and ended on the campus of Santa Monica College.
“Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be killed at the hands of police,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said, “I believe that’s premeditated.”
There’s not a whole lot to say about this. I’m sure that once again there will be calls for nationwide ammunition purchase limits and magazine capacity limits, as well as further curtailments of the rights of those of us who haven’t shot or otherwise victimized anyone with firearms.
And there will be a lot of speculation about the motives of the suspect.
None dare draw a causative link between a guy named Zawahiri going on a murder spree and fundamentalist Islam. That would be politically incorrect. But it would also be conjecture right now.
The information we do have suggests Zawahiri was distraught over his parents’ divorce. I can’t imagine this is a reason to kill innocent people, and I would hope that the Redhead would never consider grabbing a firearm and starting a shooting rampage because his mom and dad don’t love one another anymore.
There was also some kind of family dispute that may have sparked this incident. But again… is this a reason to grab a firearm and head to a college filled with unarmed, defenseless kids and use them for target practice? Or to shoot into a public bus filled with innocent, defenseless people?
And apparently, there had been a run in with police in the past, but because the suspect was a juvenile at the time, so we’ll probably never know.
I will violate the laws of political correctness and say that jihad cannot be ruled out in this instance. Neither can mental illness or some kind of psychotic break. Frankly, we just don’t know. But I’m certainly unwilling to rule out what many are thinking based on past precedent.
I refuse to succumb to political correctness, like – for instance – calling an obvious terrorist attack on American service members an incident of “workplace violence,” which has been negated by the shooter himself when he openly admitted his was an act of jihad.
This very well could have been jihad, and it very well could have been a distraught loon acting out because of his daddy issues. We just don’t know.
What we do know is that this incident will again prompt more calls for the infringement on our rights, regardless of the reason for the crime.