It makes for a less than happy family Easter in Ashtabula. And scant coverage in national news outlets. Eventually the tragedy will likely be blamed on the handgun, and not the shooter, his motives, nor the interpretation of religion which considers patricide “the will of Allah”.
And what would the official statement be without some ludicrous soft-soaping?
Stell said Reshad Riddle has offered no motive for the shooting.
“Witnesses at the scene said the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem, Stell said. “We have no motive confirmed with family members. There is no indication that the father and son had a bad relationship. Everyone thinks this was very surprising.”
No motive? I might suggest that Stell needs to get his money back from his online detective course. But then, similar words were used when another Islamic radical killed 13 and wounded 38 while screaming “Allahu Akbar!” time and again.
Investigators on Friday bore down on the possible motives of Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood gunman, to determine whether his actions were driven by stress related to his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan or to an Islamist political ideology.
Here’s a question to ponder, and to answer honestly: Would ever such equivocation be heard if a gunman had yelled racial slurs while shooting a black man or woman? Perhaps we should be “bearing down on the possible motives” for why local, state, and federal officials almost never tell us the truth about incidents involving Islamic radicals inside our borders. Instead of telling us how Veterans and people who believe in God and the Second Amendment are potential terrorists. Not bloody likely, however.
Just a thought.