Monday, December 10, 2007

A purely emotional response

There's a man on TV saying that he's so glad Jeanne Assam was at the New Life Church in Colorado.  His son was killed a few hours earlier by a lunatic with a grudge.  It happens all the time.

It looks like that same lunatic went to the New Life Church with the intention of continuing.  He did, killing two sisters leaving after a service.  It happens all the time.

Jeanne Assam says that she leapt up and shot that lunatic inside the New Life Church before he could kill others.  It happens all the time.  Jeanne Assam, according to CNN, is one of several church members licensed to carry firearms who patrol its sacred precincts.  She was on the third day of a three-day fast, during which she prayed to god for guidance in her life.  She says god was present when she shot 24-year-old Matthew Murray, the aforementioned lunatic.

Investigators have said that Murray, after being shot by Assam, may have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  To him, I could only have expressed my regret that there is no hell for him to go to.  (With half-hearted apologies to Christopher Hitchens.)

To Assam, I say this: That was all you, Jeanne.  You were brave.  You scarred yourself for life for the sake of others.  I don't think that was god.  I think that was humanity.

Things like this; too, happen all the time.

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