Briefly: This afternoon, in my town of Santa Cruz, close to where I live, two police officer were shot to death apparently by a suspect they were investigating. The suspect was himself killed shortly afterwards.. There seems to be no one else involved.
Update three days later:
The presumed killer (99% sure, I would say), was an employee of my favorite coffee shop at the harbor. He was a young Marine and Army veteran but one would had not been either to Iraq or to Afghanistan. This is a bit strange because he was a qualified helicopter pilot. Did someone notice something about that guy in the Marines or in the Army to keep him out of combat and said nothing? I would bet 60/40 the answer is yes.
I asked the manager at my coffee shop who hired him: Didn’t you think strange that someone qualified to fly a helicopter wanted a job that any smart high-school girl can do? He said it happens all the time.People with high qualifications want a simple job because they wish to simplify their lives. Incidentally, the presumed killer did not use an assault weapon (whatever that is) nor any of the weapons that are up for banning discussion. His handguns appear at this point to have been legally registered. It seems it was his mind that wasn’t registered.
Santa Cruz attracts different kinds of unconventional people. We are slow to criticize or to pass judgment. We are entirely too tolerant of illegal substances that are known to be dangerous, metamphetamines to begin with. We pay a price for our open-mindedness. That’s to be expected. (I am not suggesting that meths were involved in the killing of those two police officers. The guy who killed them was being investigated for a non-violent sexual felony.)
The policewoman who was murdered looked familiar. It turns out I had two different interactions with her in the past (neutral ones). This is a small town. Those three deaths will reverberate among us for a while.
Does anyone think this sad event compels me to get rid of my guns?