The Gilroy Massacre's Urgent Questions

Three Dead And At Least 12 Wounded In Mass Shooting At Gilroy Garlic Festival In California

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — This is the season where just about everybody who can gets out of the house and joins the crowd enjoying summer – at ballgames, beaches, and festivals. 

It’s what you look forward to all winter, as crucial to the human spirit as it is to the economy.

And that’s a very compelling reason why the methods and motivations behind the latest mass murder at an event like this, a food festival in Gilroy, California, ought to be a focus of intense scrutiny by every citizen and our political representatives.

The questions are by now all too familiar.

How did the 19-year-old shooter get his hands on a semi-automatic rifle that’s banned in California? The cops were close by and took him out quickly, but his access to that weapon gave him time to do far more damage than might otherwise have been the case.

How was the mass murder influenced by his apparent fascination with a hundred year old book that “includes discredited principles related to Social Darwinism that have been used to justify racism, slavery and colonialism”?

And the eternal question – what do we need to do to minimize the chances of this ever happening again?

By now the predictable partisan squabbling and finger-pointing that always follows these atrocities has surely begun, and aren’t you sick of it?

Are we OK with living in a place where a six-year-old boy playing in a bounce house can be shot to death in the back in front of his parents? 

I’m not, and want to hear solutions, not partisanship.

What about you?

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