Phil Harris

The analogy in my title may strike some as insensitive and/or offensive. Such a reaction is understandable; nevertheless, it describes Washington from my perspective with morbid precision. Some might compare my supposition to the oft-spewed claim by the loony-left, that President Bush is Adolph Hitler’s equal.

Such comparisons of Bush and Hitler are so completely out of phase with reality, that no one who owns a shred of integrity will entertain the thought for a single millisecond. The carnage that is now wrought on our nation by out-of-control Democrats in the House and the Senate, testifies to what I am about to describe for you.

Thomas Hamilton killed sixteen children, one teacher, and wounded ten others in 1996 at a school in Dunblane, Scotland. Michael Carneal killed three students and wounded five others in 1997. The victims were in a circle, praying together at their high school in West Paducah, Kentucky. Then, Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden killed four students, one teacher, and wounded ten in 1998. It was at their middle school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. No one can forget, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed twelve students, one teacher, and wounded 23 in 1999, which of course is the infamous Columbine high school incident. Cho Seung-Hui killed 32, and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech, as we are all so painfully aware.

The above paragraph ticks off an incomprehensible number of murdered students and teachers, and dozens more who were wounded. These are but a smattering of the total number of cases since 1996. The list from which I pulled these incidents only went back that far, citing them as recent.

I pulled only one foreign case, but there are many more from around the world in countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Argentina, and Yemen. The media, and the Democrats who would like to disarm American citizens, might have you believing the United States is uniquely vulnerable to these homicidal lunatics.

In nearly all of these cases, the shooters have something in common. They all had a chip on their shoulders, which involved people. Often, it was about certain kinds of people. Christians in particular, project too much of a “holier-than-thou” attitude. They also hated the “cool” kids, or the “in-crowd” it would seem.

Some of that just boils down to the old “haves versus have-nots” dilemma, but perhaps the driving emotion for these killers, was simply a long-term sense of being on the outside and looking in. That feeling of being the last kid picked for teams on the playground, lying in the pit of the stomach, festering year after year.


Phil Harris

Phil Harris is a software engineer, author of Cry for the Shadows and blogs at Citizen Phil.

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