The story about the Tennessee shooter, Jim D. Adkisson, who killed 2 people in a Knoxville church, has been all over the news. According to dday over at Hullabaloo, the government is dropping the ball in addressing this kind of thing for what it is, domestic terrorism.
I suspect we’re going to hear a whole lot about how the Bush Administration has kept us safe from attacks on US soil. Except that this is also terrorism, designed to terrorize and intimidate a particular sect or group, and instead of paying attention to right-wing domestic extremists, the White House has directed its homeland security efforts at peace groups and Quakers.
The Huffington Post has the details including the letter the killer left explaining his actions.
A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson’s small SUV indicated he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because, the police chief said, “he hated the liberal movement” and was upset with “liberals in general as well as gays.”
I’ve written about guns before, basically talking about handguns, but perhaps shotguns should be included. What’re they for anyway? Hunting? Protecting the home and family? The problem seems to be when these lethal weapons get into the wrong hands, whether those are the hands of a ghetto drug addict or an unhinged right wing bigot, we’ve got trouble. I say the fewer guns the better.
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