I am broken…

for Newtown. Good God…

Police reported that 27 people, including 20 children and six adults were killed in Newtown, Ct., after a lone gunman opened fire during the school day Friday, NBC News reported. The gunman died at the scene.

Updated [12/15]: Information is coming fast and furious. Not everthing seems to be correct (i.e. the monster killed his own mother at their home); looks like the nutter may have used an AR-pattern rifle

Orr reports that authorities found two guns on the gunman’s body, a Glock 9 mm pistol and a Sig Sauer pistol. A Bushmaster assault rifle was found in the vehicle, Orr reports.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official says authorities found more guns inside the school than the initial two that had been reported. The official would not say what type of guns were found but says all the weapons were being traced by state and federal authorities. The official was not authorized to speak to reporters about the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

A law enforcement source told CBS News’ Pat Milton that casings (spent shells) from a .223 semi automatic rifle were found inside the school.

I’m sure we’ll know more once the flood of speculation slows.
In the meantime, please pray for this community.

Another sociopath takes a dirt nap

The victim could have been any unarmed citizen in California; unfortunately for this SOB it was an off-duty cop that was — fortunately — carrying concealed… one dirt nap coming right up!
[Shaun Adam] Vilan, who was on parole after spending six years in state prison for two assaults, had a lengthy history of ganging up on people and attacking them, according to court records. His convictions included two unprovoked assaults in 1996 and 1998, which involve Vilan smashing two people in the face with beer bottles.
…And on and on and on (more incidents listed in the article).

Shaun, I hope you and Jesus had it all worked out.

ELF Strikes Again

The ELF has left another calling-card, this time in Woodinville, WA.  This isn’t terribly far from where I live, and is even closer to some family of mine.  Scary…

ELF Destroyed Homes

My favorite comment, by far, regarding this kind of behavior is from a commenter in the SoundOff area in the PI story:

Violence and the threat of violence are the hallmarks of statists, whether they be socialists, communists, islamists, fascists, or environmentalists. The methods are always that same: stake out an intellectual claim, promote envy, appeal to emotion, justify violent acts in the name of a cause. Attack institutions: education, religion, commerce, and enterprise. Blame others. Destroy the productive capacity of others. Ameleriote fear through the promotion of state control, taxes, etc.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping a close eye on the developments near me. They’re not Street of Dreams caliber, but potential targets nonetheless.

UPDATED: (15:48 PST) an interesting angle on this and the Briana Waters trial over at Crosscut.

Twofold Disgust

From this story out of Boston last Friday.

The 18-year-old who allegedly held up a Dorchester pizza shop at gunpoint and made off with $60, told police afterwards that when he fired off a shot at the pizzeria’s owner he didn’t mean to hit him, but he didn’t deny pulling the trigger, a prosecutor said today.

“Didn’t mean to..” ?! What the hell is that supposed to mean? Is that supposed to make Mumin Manavoglu’s family feel any better. Let’s hang him now, but then give an official statement afterwards saying, “we didn’t mean to.”

Second point of disgust: the county DA. Can’t find the reference (may have been removed or was only played on local stations), but Bruce at MassBackwards gives the full rundown:

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley:

“Once again, an illegal gun has struck down an innocent family man, and once again a young man may pay for his actions for the rest of his life,” he said.

Uh-huh. The gun did it.

Brillant, Bruce 🙂