How do you develop them?
How can you get yourself worked up into such a state that you will cut through a fence packing a rapid-fire assault rifle and start firing into a crowd attending a garlic festival, all the while knowing you probably aren’t coming out alive.
That is exactly what happened in Gilroy, California, this week and the shooter, 19-year-old Santino William Legan, didn’t come out alive.
Unfortunately he managed to kill three people and wound 15 others before police, who responded with fire within a minute, took him down.
It was the 246th mass shooting in the US this year, according to US tracking website Gun Violence Archive.
The lead guitarist of the group TinMan, who was performing on stage when the attack began, said he heard someone ask the shooter: “Why are you doing this?”
Jack Vanbreen told the Associated Press that he heard the assailant respond: “Because I’m really angry”.
What the hell is happening?
I don’t care how angry you get, there has to be something wrong upstairs for this kind of thing to happen.
The same can be said for those who actually spew out hate both orally and verbally before turning their weapons loose on unsuspecting crowds.
Having trouble understanding how these things seem to be occurring at an increasing rate, I put the following question to a few confederates this week:
“Have you ever hated anyone?
To a person the answer was no. None could say they had actually ever hated anyone.
Actually, they couldn’t recall ever really disliking someone. There were people they admitted they would prefer not to be around, but they couldn’t say that it went as far as actually disliking the person.
They fit my thoughts exactly.
During my time in the news business I crossed swords with a lot of people, but this was always on a professional basis and I never bore any of these people malice as a result. They, I always thought, were as entitled to their opinion as I was to mine.
In regard to personal relations, things worked out about the same for me. There would be disagreements at times but nothing that would ultimately lead to hate or even dislike.
Much of the hate today is pinned on white supremacist groups.
I guess I will never understand how one group of people can think they are so much better than all the other groups, races, that populate this planet.
The Nazis set about attempting to eliminate the Jews and the Gypsies and I sometimes wonder if anything was learned from this.
I have watched a few marriages disintegrate and have seen hate develop between the two persons involved, some of it resulting through the legal wrangling that followed but some of it occurring long before, when they were still sharing living accommodation although no longer a bed.
When it came my turn, I swore it wouldn’t end like that. It would be friends parting; enmity would be left to others.
I couldn’t see it ending any other way. You put in a lot of time with that person and raised a family. Surely all of that should be taken into account when parting.
I think we all have to take a hard look at what is happening in the world today and soften our thinking.
I know U.S. President Donald Trump has essentially preached hatred and divisiveness by his rhetoric and his actions and this has brought about hatred from many quarters in return.
But I would suggest that those doing so are making themselves no better than he is.
I think we all have to be more careful with our words and our actions; we must treat people as we would like to be treated.
I didn’t mean this to be a sermon but I find the hatred that is permeating the world really troubling.