Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Who was the madman? According to some, a white supremacist who thought the Jews were out to rule the world. The fact that the guard he shot was an African-American may be coincidence or may not.
But what is clear is that there are people in this country who are terrorists. They look like me and you. Apparently, they even look like your grandfather. The right wing cries about how Obama has made us less safe and some are already counting this as the second terrorist attack on our soil since Obama's inauguration. (The first being the shooting at the Army recruiting station last week.) What they have in common, besides the obvious, is that they were both perpetrated by lone gunmen. Nothing organized. Nothing on a massive scale like 9/11. Just one man with a gun. Probably the hardest thing to protect against.
Adding the killing of Dr George Tiller, we've now had three shootings in 10 days. One Christianist, one Muslim and one Anti-Semitic. Three men so angry at the world they felt the need to kill.
But we don't need gun control. Oh no. Though in all fairness, these three no doubt managed to purchase their weapons of choice legally. What we do need to be aware of is the prescient nature of the DHS report on domestic terrorism. It exists and poses a grave threat, not just to our political leaders but to everyday Americans.
Americans like Officer Stephen Johns, Pvt. William Long and Dr. George Tiller.