This Happened

What's remarkable is that it barely made the news, and has prompted little discussion.  I guess the NRA won:

Five are dead after a gunman rampaged through Santa Monica, CA, on Friday, ending at the local community college. The Santa Monica shooting marks the tenth mass shooting on a school campus in California since 1976. 

The suspect, 23-year-old John Zawahri, was known as an angry young man with a “fascination with guns” that worried family friends. Zawahri was born in Lebanon but has lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years. In a press conference on Sunday, police said the troubled young man had planned out the attackand likely hoped to kill hundreds. The spree lasted 10 minutes, ending when police shot and killed Zawahri on the scene. 

Zawahri allegedly killed his father and brother and burned down their house before heading toward Santa Monica College, armed with a ballistic vest, an AR-15 assault rifle and a duffel bag filled with an estimated 1,300 rounds of ammunition, magazines, and a .44 revolver. He shot and wounded a woman driving by his house, then carjacked another woman. On the way, he shot at pedestrians and a city bus, injuring 3 people. 

Once he arrived at the community college, Zawahri gunned down a groundskeeper, 68-year-old Navarro Franco, killing him immediately, and his 26-year-old daughter, Marcela, who died in the hospital on Sunday. Witnesses say students scattered, jumping out windows and running for their lives. He then shot an unidentified woman in her 50s outside the library, went inside and fired 70 rounds at students who had been studying for exams. Police ultimately shot and killed him in the library. 

And everybody yawned a collective yawn.

  1 comment for “This Happened

  1. Muzakbobx
    June 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I really don’t think it was a yawn. It’s just there is only so much grief any one person can take. I’ve been following @GunDeaths on twitter and I had to put it on a back feed because my psyche couldn’t take the trickle of death all day every day anymore. It doesn’t stop me from doing all I can for my activism but you only have so many tears and so much outrage. After a while you just can’t react as strongly.

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