Most of the time, mass shootings are terrifying because they’re so random. Some stranger walks into a place and just starts shooting.
However, sometimes, the victims and survivors know exactly who is doing the shooting. That’s often the case in school shootings, for example, as well as workplace shootings.
As we learn more about the Orange, California shooting, we find that this falls into the latter category.
The suspect who police say killed four people, including a 9-year-old boy, at an Orange, California, business complex Wednesday had professional and personal relationships with the victims, police said.
“The preliminary motive is believed to be related to a business and personal relationship which existed between the suspect and all of the victims,” Orange Police Department spokesperson Lt. Jennifer Amat said in a news conference Thursday.
“This was not a random act of violence,” she said.
Amat did not identify the victims, saying the notifications of next of kin had not been completed. Among the dead were two women, a man and the 9-year-old boy, she said.
The boy, who was found in the complex courtyard, is believed to be the son of one of the victims who worked at the business, Amat said. Amat said later Thursday investigators were working to confirm the relationship between the boy and any of the people at the scene.
A fifth victim, a woman, was found with the boy. She was taken to a local hospital, where she is in critical but stable condition, Amat said.
Thus far, Amat declined to be more specific about the motive, though she did identify the shooter. We’ve also learned that the suspect faced several misdemeanor charges of assault in a 2015 incident, though he ultimately accepted a plea bargain and pled guilty to a single charge of battery, receiving probation as a result.
As per usual, we’re not going to contribute to this jackwagon becoming famous, part of our effort to actually reduce mass shootings.
Yet this time, fame doesn’t appear to be a motive. It was personal, though that doesn’t really change anything for the families of the survivors. The woman described as the “fifth victim,” especially. My daughter just turned nine last week, so I can’t even imagine what it must be like for her, especially as she survived.
What we do know about the shooter is that he appears to be Hispanic, which again kind of undermines the whole “it’s always a white man” narrative that tends to surround these things.
Regardless, we know just how much gun control they have in California. Pretty much everything people want on the federal level and a bunch of stuff that would never fly happen to already on the books in the Golden State. None of it stopped this deadly attack from happening, none of it at all.
That includes things like red flag laws.
Maybe at some point, people will come to understand that mass shootings are a complex problem and that complex problems aren’t solved by simplistic solutions. Restricting guns is the epitome of a simplistic solution. As such, it’ll never solve the problem.
Of course, that’s assuming that solving the problem is the goal.
Regardless, it doesn’t work. It’s never going to work, so when are the gun grabbers going to get a clue?
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