Sunday, December 09, 2007

The war at home, continued.

I can’t believe the news today…

I can’t close my eyes and make it go away…

Sunday, bloody Sunday:

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) Dec. 9 - A gunman killed two people at a training center dormitory for young Christian missionaries early Sunday after being told he couldn’t spend the night, and hours later four people were shot outside a church in Colorado Springs.

It was not immediately known whether the shootings, about 65 miles apart, were related. No arrests had been made in either attack by afternoon.

The conditions of the four people shot Sunday afternoon in Colorado Springs, in the parking lot of the New Life Church, was not immediately known, El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Lari Sevene said.

The first shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. at the Youth With a Mission center in Arvada, a Denver suburb, police spokeswoman Susan Medina said.

A man and a woman were killed and two men were wounded, Medina said. All four were staff members with the center, said Paul Filidis, a Colorado Springs-based spokesman with Youth With a Mission.

The gunman came to the door of the Arvada dormitory seeking shelter, asking if he could spend the night, said Peter Warren, director of Youth With a Mission Denver.

When told he couldn’t stay, the man walked inside, opened fire, then left on foot, Warren said. Warren said he didn’t know if any of the students or staff knew the gunman. “We don’t know why” he came to the dormitory, Warren said.

Witnesses told police that the gunman was a 20-year-old white male, wearing a dark jacket and skull cap, who left on foot. He may have glasses or a beard...

The rest is here. So. Again. First at a shopping mall, now at a youth facility and then at a church. On a Sunday morning. In both cases, young white males with guns on a rampage. Not your stereotypical, media fall-guy “thugs.” If this description holds up, the shooter will look like the one from Omaha. He’ll look like my kid. Your kid maybe. Your nephew. Your neighbor. Your student. Your classmate. The kid who delivers your pizza, or who dates your daughter.And once again, he’ll be another disturbed individual with all-too-easy access to firearms.

We are so-rightly so outraged about a senseless war on the other side of the world.

WHERE is the outrage here?

How long must we sing this song?

AN UPDATE: The death toll is now FIVE.

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