We often wonder what makes these people tick, what sets them to the point they feel the need to take innocent lives.
In this case, it was nothing more than a traffic stop.
On Saturday afternoon, Texas troopers pulled a man over in Midland (the reason for the traffic stop is still unclear at this time). Suddenly, he opened fire on the officers with a rifle and sped away from the scene.
From there, he just started firing at random targets.
After spraying bullets at motorists and residents, the man hijacked a postal truck and headed to Odessa.
Police finally caught up to the man in a parking lot near a movie theater, which is where the final standoff took place.
The police were able to take him out during a shootout, but there was a wake of carnage left behind.
So far, at least seven people were killed and close to two dozen injured.
Including in that were three police officers and a 17-month-old little girl, who was shot in the face.
This is now the second tragedy Texans have to come to terms with in less than a month.
Democrats on the Attack
The shooting immediately spurned Democrats to push gun control laws, with virtually every presidential candidate and high-profile Democrat calling on Trump to do something to stop the gun violence.
Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic. https://t.co/ytWLcg7y20
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 31, 2019
I'm heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn't have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We've already lost far too many to gun violence—Congress must act now. https://t.co/Hgdb7h6kpI
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 31, 2019
Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, & everyone injured in the shooting in Odessa & Midland, TX.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 1, 2019
Keeping the Midland and Odessa community and the victims in my thoughts and prayers. Grateful to first responders who ran into harm's way.
I’m sick of this. America is sick of this.
We need to act.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 31, 2019
The Odessa shooting is horrific – people shot randomly in a shopping center for no reason. My heart goes out to the families of the dead and wounded, including our brave law enforcement officers. We must do all we can to curb the scourge of gun violence in this country.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 31, 2019
I want to reach out to Republicans in the Senate, who refuse to act, who refuse to move on gun reform, and I want to ask them:
What is the number?
How many Americans are you willing to sacrifice to the NRA?
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 1, 2019
Sadly, Democrats fail to grasp the real issue here.
They can put all the gun laws in place that they want, but it will not deter the people wanting to kill or harm others from doing so.
Not to stand on a soapbox, but could it possibly be the fact we have bent over backward to raise a generation of adults that literally do not face adversity for the first time until they are well into their 20s, sometimes 30s, and they have no idea how to react to it?
When we were all growing up, kids got bullied, they lost sporting events, and they were needlessly picked on but guess what? We all dealt with it and mass shootings such as this rarely occurred.
We have an entire generation that was raised by their TVs and video games and every time something was wrong with them, they were given a pill and further protected by their parents.
This is not about guns, it’s about people. Until Democrats realize this and act on it, these killings will continue, regardless of how many gun laws they put in place.
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