Another day, another shooting. That's what it feels like, doesn't it? The latest tragedy happened in Washington, D.C. A man in his late 20s entered the office of the Family Research Council around 11 a.m. this morning with a gun and several rounds of ammunition. When the security guard confronted him, the gunman shot the guard in the arm. Other security team members then detained the shooter and he's now in FBI custody.
The shooter's motive has not yet been released to the press, but one can speculate (but probably shouldn't) that he disagreed with the FRC, which is a conservative Christian lobbying group that recently stood by Chick-fil-A's stance; one that many people believed to be anti-gay marriage and anti-divorce.
The FRC says that it's all for faith, family, and freedom in public policy and public opinion, and is against abortion, euthanasia, and homosexual marriage. Clearly, some of their views are contentious to those who are a bit more left-leaning.
But all that political stuff and speculation about the shooter's motives aside, there is a silver lining to this story. The security guard is being touted as a hero for his brave and selfless action. Yes, he was just doing his job, but when someone comes in with a gun, I'd assume it's slightly difficult to resist the urge to hide under a desk and reach for a panic button you hope is there somewhere.
The guard is in the hospital and is reportedly doing OK.
Between the shooting in College Station, Texas, the Sikh temple shooting outside Milwaukee, The Dark Knight massacre, and this incident today in our nation's capital, it's hard not to wonder what the hell is going on.
Guess you just have to hope that the heroes will always outnumber the criminals, but really, not so sure anymore.
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