Monday, May 26, 2014

Isla Vista shootings: Source names suspect in shooting rampage

From the Los Angeles Times:

A law enforcement source told The Times that Elliot Rodger is the suspected gunman responsible for a shooting rampage in the Isla Vista neighborhood near UC Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including Rodger.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials, who have not identified the man suspected of shooting and running people down with his BMW, said they believe the rampage was premeditated.

They have said they are looking at a video titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution” in which a young man who identifies himself on his blog as a student in Santa Barbara threatens violence.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male,” the man says on the video, sitting in a car.

More here.

It appears that no matter the carnage, the gun lobby isn't going to let us do anything about it.  So that leaves me with this serious question for gun and "freedom" enthusiasts: is this the America we're supposed to have, large scale shootings and mass killings every other week? Must this be our lot in life?  Because this seems to be the necessary outcome of our apparently absolute freedom to own whatever firearm we want, mass murders every other week.  

How can this possibly be a good way to run a nation?