We’ve all met someone that as we walk away think they shouldn’t procreate the human species nor should they have access to anything stronger than a water pistol. Yesterday one such unstable person shot & killed a Maplewood firefighter and injured two Maplewood police officers. The man is presumed dead in his burnt out & collapsed house.
Last week a divorced couple died in a murder-suicide outside a suburban St. Louis mall. Earlier this year a man went on a shooting rampage at the Kirkwood City Hall killing several and injuring several more, including the mayor.
In 2005 John Alexander of Frontenac shot and killed his wife Kelli Alexander and her friend April Wheeler on Bopp Rd. The Alexander’s young children were in their mom’s vehicle and witnessed the shootings. A few years earlier I met the Alexander family at their Frontenac home. They (he) had called my employer about remodeling their home. I had done the design on a major renovation to a neighbor’s home so I was one of three people that met with them. He wasn’t right and we all knew it. When he decided against remodeling the home I know I was relieved that I’d not have to spend another minute with him. His wife Kelli must have realized it to as she had filed for divorce. After he killed these two women he led police on a brief chase which ended when he lost control of his SUV, flipping and killing himself in the process.
Now I love our Constitution and Bill of Rights but some of these folks had no right to have access to guns. The young Maplewood firefighter would still be alive today if that nutcase didn’t have a gun.
I’ve never liked guns. They are designed to take life. Period. Yes I know ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ Well then we need to stop arming people with the tools they need to kill other people.
Advocates of the right to carry a concealed weapon claim that if criminals know someone may be packing heat that it deters crime and gives people an ability to defend themselves. But the unstable person doesn’t care if they die in the process. More guns just increases the risk of innocent persons getting caught in crossfire.
Yesterday’s event in Maplewood was certainly a tragedy. My condolences to the family & friends of the killed firefighter. Best wishes to the two injured officers on a speedy recovery.