This time carnage occurred at a baggage claim area in a Florida airport. 5 are dead. In custody is Esteban Santiago.
Here is the Daily Mail coverage the Drudge Report links to. Read it and you realize that no one even pretends to know why this happened. At least not yet. Likely, Santiago will never fully know either.
The Drudge Report hasn't offered up platitudes how this can be prevented. Yes, on the left hand side of the news site, there is a link to the possibility of installing metal detectors at airports. But, that's about it. No, the folks at Drudge Report aren't underestimating their readers.
Sure, there have been those in our social and professional circles who rushed to judgment about "what has to be done." Didn't they sound foolish. And, weren't they annoying.
Among them were the usual ranters about too many guns being available. However, at this time in history, we got it that the guns out there will stay out there and more will probably be added.
Then there were the comments about not allowing the mentally ill in public places. That means that in any given year we would have to isolate 26.2% of those 18 or older. According to the Kim Foundation, that's the proportion of us who will have a diagnosable mental illness in a 12-month timeframe. In my final year living in the New York Metro area, which I could no longer afford, I was crazy with financial worry.
Also, fans of "Criminal Minds" hammered there should be more profiling, especially in transportation. If that became standard, just consider all the sullen, slouching teenagers who would be on no-fly lists. At the local library here in Eastern Ohio, some older patrons already view them with suspicion.
The reality is that so much of the violence which happens won't be prevented. "Safe places" are an illusion constructed by magical thinkers.
Coming to a feeling of safety is an inside job. Prayer, meditation and therapy might help. That's called inner peace. But expecting total safety? No one should dare try to sell that bill of goods. Let's hope we don't hear it in the Congress.
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