Thoughts, prayers and support go out to the bereaved of Uvalde. For parents and siblings to lose sons and daughters, brothers and sisters like that, particularly at so early an age, is tragic beyond description. May God give the survivors what comfort they are able to receive, and accept the souls of the dead into His mercy.
Nevertheless, there are (yet again) elements of this shooting that are disturbingly strange. I'll let The Intrepid Reporter outline them in more detail: he has a stronger stomach than I for this sort of thing. Suffice it to say that there are signs that this may not be just a random incident, but something "generated" - as there have been in disturbingly many recent shooting incidents. Go read his initial analysis for yourself. (Profanity warning: he doesn't mince his words!) In particular, he notes:
- The shooter was in possession of a very expensive rifle and holographic sight, far more costly than most of us (including yours truly) can afford. How does a teenager come by a weapon like that? He was only 18, the youngest age at which he could legally buy it. Did he buy it himself, or did someone buy it for him at a younger age? How did he afford it? Was it legally bought?
- The shooter exhibited signs of psychological instability before this, including a photograph of him dressed in drag. What sort of "treatment" or "counseling" was involved? Were any medications in the mix, particularly SSRI's (which have been implicated in a number of previous incidents of this nature)?
I have no answers to those questions. Hopefully some will be forthcoming during the next few days and weeks. Meanwhile, let us never mention the shooter's name. Let him be forgotten. Rather, let's remember his victims, and use this tragedy as a spur to find better ways to protect our young in future.