I was taking a nap yesterday. I had asked my mother to call me at a certain time to wake me up so I wouldn’t be late for work. When she called, she told me about this nutjob who had taken over an Amish school in Pennsylvania. I didn’t have time to post about it before leaving for work, but I think it is important to point out when crazy people do crazy things. I can’t post about all of them, but this is so fucked up, I can’t *not* post about it.
A 32-year-old truck driver walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday, binding and shooting three girls execution-style before killing himself, police said.
Eight other girls were wounded in the attack, which police said appeared to be a revenge killing for an incident that occurred two decades ago.
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The gunman, Charles Carl Roberts IV, was armed with three guns, a stun gun, two knives and a bag holding 600 rounds of ammunition, Miller said.
He was also carrying an assortment of tools and other items, including toilet paper, that led police to believe he was prepared for an extended standoff
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The Bart, Pennsylvania, resident had three children, and left several notes for his family “along the lines of suicide notes,” Miller said.
The notes were “rambling” and “didn’t make much sense,” Miller said.
Roberts did not respond when police at the scene attempted to communicate with him, and troopers were preparing to storm the schoolhouse before the shooting began, Miller said.
Roberts’ wife tried to call him when she found the notes, Miller said. He returned the call on his cell phone, told her he wouldn’t be coming home and “that he was acting out to achieve revenge for something that happened 20 years ago.”
The article goes on, detailing the storming of the school by police, the shootings that happened during the stand-off, some information on the apparent plans for a lengthy stand-off, and a little of what the police know about the attacker.
Finding out what happened 20 years ago that made this person feel sufficiently slighted to shoot execution style several young girls won’t bring them back to life, but it will be interesting to hear, I’m sure. Unfortunately, what we will hear from this incident is more politicians spewing forth the need for gun control. The trouble with that viewpoint is this person could have done this attack just fine without the guns. The real problem in this attack is the attacker, not the weapon of choice. Find out why the attacks occurred – taking away the guns wouldn’t stop them, just changed his attack method.
[tags]Nutjob attacks Amish shool – kills girls, Crazy in PA[/tags]