The instant I learned of a man firing shots “into the air” with an “assault rifle” then killing himself with a handgun at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, I thought, “Uh-oh. Here come the spin-doctors to make this about background checks.”
News outlets say 29-year-old Carnell Moore’s suicide note contained the cryptic notation, “he had a ‘monster within’ and wanted the cops to take care of it.”
I have made a number of predictions lately I hoped would not materialize, but my hopes were dashed in each case.
I predicted, for example, that anti-2nd Amendment groupies would spin the Boston bombings into a platform for gun control.
I was right.
I now make another prediction I dearly wish would not come true, but I fear the handwriting is on the wall.
The antis will point to the suicide shooter’s note as evidence of a mental condition that would bar him from buying firearms if “expanded background checks” were in place.
Rational people know that isn’t true, and even if it were, determined individuals will find a means to accomplish their figurative or literal ends. The Boston bombing is an excellent example. Pressure cookers and fireworks have no connection to firearms except that you can make them go bang!
Of course, rationality is not a strong suit among citizen disarmament proponents, but they have never let that stop them, and there is no reason to think they will now.
We shall see. –Don Zaidle, editor-in-chief
A gunman walked into Bush Intercontinental Airport with an AR-15 and a handgun Thursday and fired at least two shots before killing himself. It happened in the ticket area inside Terminal B around 1:35 p.m.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Carnell Moore of Beaumont.
He left behind a suicide note that said he had a “monster within” and wanted the cops to take care of it. The note said Moore had a bigger plan, but decided to show mercy on others.
Moore posted two cryptic messages on his Facebook wall Wednesday: “This Life Will Crash Tomorrow!” and “I recently had the chance of staring death in the face, and she was beautiful.”
Moore had been staying in a Houston hotel the last few days.