Well, this is quite something. I do not think it is right, in any way, shape, or form, to take up arms because we disagree with
someone or with government. I do wonder, though, exactly how this man, "Cookie" Thornton, was treated by
Kirkwood, MO city officials. It should be a warning to officials everywhere that not everyone is able to take NO for an
answer or overlook and live with being maltreated and disrespected by those in power. And if there really is someone being
hurt by government rules and laws, maybe it would be wise to find workable solutions. In this case, Thornton was a business
owner who was being fined for violating rules about parking his business vehicles on the street outside his home, or something
like that. The rules were enacted after he formed his business and, presumably, following them would have cost him too much
money. Why couldn't someone think of a workable solution?
It seems a gun is the great equalizer. Again, as at Virginia Tech, if everyone had been armed at this City Council meeting,
maybe the shooter could have been killed before he hurt so many. I think 5 were killed, including Thornton, and 2 others were
wounded, including the Mayor, who was shot in the face.