As I stated in my previous post, so far there are nine innocent human beings who died in the Umpqua (native indian translation is "thundering waters") Community College massacre ranging in age from 18 to 67: Lucero Alcaraz, 19 Rebecka Ann Carnes,18; Jason Dale Johnson, 33; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Lucas Eibel, 18; Lawrence Levine, 67; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; and Sarena Dawn Moore, 44.
They all had dreams, aspirations, goals to be the very best they could in life, now none of what they hoped for will ever come true for them and their families.
These dead human beings are the sons, daughters, father's, mother's, relatives, friends, lovers, and innocent victims whose lives have been stolen forever from them and those who loved them.
Lucero Alcaraz, 19
Quinn Cooper, 18
Treven Anspach, 20
Anspach’s family described him as a “one of the most positive young men, always looking for the best in life,” and as “a perfect son.”
Lucas Eibel, 18
Lawrence Levine, 67
Dietz was 59-years-old. She lived in Roseburg. According to a post on Facebook, Roseburg had worked as a caretaker at an Oregon vineyard and had a daughter who attended Umpqua Community College.
Sarena Moore, 44
Moore, 44, lived in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, authorities said Friday.
According to Moore’s Facebook page, she attended Reno High School and worked for the Oregon Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.
These people above are the most important realities to remember as those who loved them will never see, talk, or touch them ever again.
Unless you have lost a loved one to violence as they and I have, do not even try to imagine what these people are feeling. It is beyond your comprehension to walk in their shoes.
As always, there are these ironic, side stories that pop up, in particular the ones about the law enforcement community whose sworn job is to fairly enforce the laws, treat the dead with compassion, and above all to be honest in doing their jobs.
Now that this massacre is in his jurisdiction, I wonder how the Sheriff feels about his ignorant prejudiced statements re "actors hired by the Federal government that were part of the Sandy Hook Massacre as part of a conspiracy".
No wonder he immediately tried to hide it by deleting his post off of face Book about "the conspiracy", after all, these are now his dead friends, his community, and it really happened.
It is so easy to pontificate about the violent death of others that you don't know, but when he saw this happen in his Town, one of the first things he thought of doing was to protect his own ass by removing the stupidly, moronic Face Book post.
Good job Sheriff, your a real piece of work, little children in Connecticut murdered along with Twin Towers human beings supposedly murdered by the government, but now when it hits you in the face, run to erase your ignorant mumbling.
Am I pissed at him, yes, because to those such as him, it never is about the victims who have died, it always is about the politics, egos, protecting ones job, and saving face of those who are so cruel as to judge others who have suffered tragedies.
As the national debate over gun control raged online after the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, comments on the subject posted on Facebook by Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, whose force responded to the latest rampage, came under scrutiny.
The sheriff, who has made no secret of his strident opposition to tougher gun laws, made his views clear in a letter to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. posted on his department’s Facebook page on Jan. 16, 2013, after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Mr. Hanlin urged the vice president to treat his letter as “a formal request that you NOT tamper with or attempt to amend” the Second Amendment.
Ok, he's entitled to his views on gun control but......
Three days before that letter was released, Mr. Hanlin shared a link on his personal Facebook page to a YouTube video, which suggested that the shootings at Sandy Hook and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 might have been staged by the federal government to provide a pretext for “disarming the public” through gun control legislation.
In a comment imploring his Facebook friends to watch that video, whose producer claims that the parents of children “allegedly shot” at Sandy Hook were actors, the sheriff wrote, “This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore.
with his complete indifference of a
fantasy tale, now he sees real
mass killings in his own backyard.
This is what Americans do,
distancing themselves from
ugly reality by weaving their
webs of self denial, indifference,
that tragedies happen only to
others, and will not visit them
with the horrors of killings.
The "safety bubble' of "not here
where I live", and "it's a government
conspiracy killing people
elsewhere", doesn't work
any longer to protect us.
Perhaps, but I doubt it, he and
others will learn some humility
that the innocent dead in his town
are precious human beings,
just as those he casually dismissed in
other town's killings as somehow
being actors conspiring to fake the
horrific losses of those they loved.
Where will the next mass murder
happen, and it will, seemingly
out of nowhere,the cycle
will continue because we refuse
to do anything serious to stop it.