Why is nation overcome with rage?

January 19, 2014 

Theatre Shooting

Charles Cummings, left, and son Alex Cummings talk to media after witnessing a shooting inside Cobb theater Monday in Wesley Chapel in Pasco County. Cummings says he and his son were splattered with blood when the victim fell into them. A retired Tampa police officer has been charged in the fatal shooting. AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, CLIFF MCBRIDE

CLIFF MCBRIDE — AP

What has happened to us? What makes a 71-year-old retired cop so enraged that he pulls out a gun over a disagreement and kills a young father?

Is it a narcissist response to someone who will not listen to us? Is it a basic disregard for others?

What makes seemingly ordinary people go off? It doesn't make me mad, it makes me sad.

A little girl must grow up without her daddy; he won't be there for her recitals, and he won't be there to walk her down the aisle. He won't be there because someone decided in a moment of rage to decide his fate.

The perpetrator will suffer as well; jails are not made for senior citizens.

I don't have the answers, I am just wondering why.

I have an Obama bumper sticker on my car, and on several occasions I have been verbally assaulted by those who disagree with me. I am thankful that so far no one has had a firearm because the rhetoric is fierce. Do you really think that a two-minute offensive will change my mind?

I believe in the Second Amendment, but I wonder if we have too many solitary soldiers in mini militias.

I shouldn't be surprised that gun control does not progress in a responsible way. If we as a society can go on like nothing happened after 20 school children are assassinated, we are truly numb, and unfortunately as a populace we seem to be held hostage by the NRA.

Laurie Crawford

Bradenton

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