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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

What Do We Do About the Killers?

Most Americans have heard about the school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. A 28-year-old woman took two rifles and a handgun to the school – chosen because it was less secure – and shot the glass out of the locked doors to gain entrance into the school. Once in the school she looked for victims on the ground floor and then went to the second floor to commence shooting. She killed three children (aged nine years) and three adults) before the police arrived and took out the shooter. 

I refuse to name the shooter, but I will name the victims: Evelyn Dieckhaus (9), Hallie Scruggs (9), William Kinney (9), Cynthia Peak (61), Katherine Koonce (60), and Mike Hill (61). I also send a shout-out to the police officers who answered the call of duty. The police department first received the 911 call at 10:13 a.m., and dozens of police officers responded. Two of the officers were Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo, and they are credited with neutralizing the shooter.

As the nation struggles with the knowledge of another school shooting, liberal media outlets are showing their true colors. After the police chief noted that the shooter recently came out as transgender, the media outlets pivoted in their coverage of the event. Suddenly, news anchors began defending and advocating for the LGBTQ community and condemning Christians for their belief that homosexuality is wrong.

The Daily Mail reported that there were tensions between the shooter and her “devout Christian parents” because they had difficulty accepting that she was gay and transgender. The loner hit the fact that she had guns in her parents’ home. Since her parents refused to allow her to dress as a man in their home, she would wait until she left the house to change into men’s clothes. 

There are reports that several recent shooters were also transgender. Snopes investigated the matter and posted an article about it. The following is taken from their article. 

… In some cases, there’s no real way to know if some of the shooters identified as transgender or nonbinary – two were killed during their shootings, making it difficult to know how they identified at the time. In the Denver shooting, two shooters committed the crime, but only one has said he is transgender. And there’s no evidence that any of the shooters were activists, radical or otherwise….

The Colorado Springs nightclub shooting in November 2022 left five people dead and at least 19 other people injured. During the initial trial proceedings for the shooting in February 2023, the lead detective testified in court that the suspect had told her they were nonbinary….

In 2019, Denver shooter … killed one teenager and injured eight others in a school shooting. He partnered with another person … who was a current student at the school at the time. [The partner] described himself as transgender in court documents, and said that his targets for the shooting were classmates who mocked him for being that way….

[In the Aberdeen shootings in 2018] a shooter killed three people and injured three others. According to The Baltimore Sun, the shooter did identify as a transgender man who said in messages to friends that he wanted to begin “hormone treatment” soon.

At the time of this publication, no hard evidence existed proving or disproving that the Nashville Covenant School shooter, who killed six people, was transgender (police fatally shot the suspect). While the Nashville police chief had said authorities believed the shooter was transgender, the shooting was still being investigated, as of this writing.

Snopes also addressed the claim that “being transgender is a mental illness” that could turn a person into a mass shooter. Snopes then listed several sources for the claim.

Being transgender is not a mental illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and various medical centers, including the Cleveland Clinic. In terms of more recent mass shootings in 2023, such s the Michigan State University shooting in February 2023 that killed four people and left five people injured, or the Half Moon Bay shooting in January 2023 that left seven people killed and one person injured, there’s no evidence shooters were transgender.

WHO introduced a new category, “gender incongruence,” in 2019. It was defined by the organization at the time as “a condition relating to sexual health rather than a mental and behavioral disorder.”

Even though all killers may not be transgender, it appears that a large percentage of them are. Less than two percent (2%) than American adults are transgender, but it appears that more than 2% of the shooters are transgender.

I do not know what causes people to become transgender, but I do not know what causes people to become killers. There are some suggestions that the cross sex hormones may cause people to become violent. Other suggestions are that societal disapproval may drive them to become violent. We may never know what causes the violent behavior.

We do, however, know that shooters choose unprotected areas. Some of the most unprotected places are schools. In fact, many of them have signs proclaims that they are “gun free zones.” Instead of protecting the schools from deranged killers, too many politicians and regular Americans believe that guns are the problem. Well, guns do not kill people. Deranged killers kill people. I have lived around guns for my entire life, and not one of them has killed a person. It is past time to protect innocent children and other vulnerable people! 

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