Thursday, December 06, 2007

Omaha's been dumped on

Omaha is generally thought of as a quiet, peaceful, SAFE city. She's in the heart of the midwest, in a non-descript state. However, yesterday, Dec. 5, 2007, brought incomprehensible tragedy as a gunman opened fire at a city mall. Eight people were killed, and five people were wounded before he killed himself.

Nebraska has concealed-carry, but most of the public buildings prohibit weapons. So, the shoppers and shopkeepers were unarmed, and the mall security were unarmed. The shooter, however, was not. He was under surveillance by mall security from the time he entered the building. I wonder why they didn't alert the local police if they were suspicious. Perhaps eight innocent people would still be alive. I know. It's easy to be an "armchair quarterback" during times such as these.

It's eerie to see pictures of the mall and see cars in the parking lot and know that some of those cars very likely belong to the victims.

I know this sounds morbid, but there are eight families who will never again be able to celebrate Christmas the way it should be celebrated.

Then, as if to add insult to injury, the area got blanketed by 3-5 inches of snow the following day (today).

This is a maudlin posting, I know, but sometimes it just helps to share one's thoughts.

The city is reeling. She's tough; she'll recover. I hope the families can.


Blogger cmblake6 said...

Skye, I said it at the Rott, I'll say it again here. I'm retired CATM, I can teach you how to shoot. If you're gonna be anywhere near NM, see me.

7:01 PM  

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