I was going to comment about the Alabama killings and the recent real/continuation IRA shootings but something even worse has occurred in Germany a country one does not normally associate with such random shootouts.
Before this I was speculating as to what the difference (if any) there is between the murder of two soldiers and a policeman by Irish Terrorists, the crazed shooting spree of the US "Mall shooter" and the shootings at the Sri Lankan Cricket team in Lahore.
I thought is the difference in the motivation or what? One kind of shooting is clearly political (even if misguided by the usual standards of morality) and the other is usually a grudge shooting of some kind.
And then I thought, no there is no difference in the motivation, it is all grudge shooting, a hatred of someone, one has never met, who is either percieved to have done one wrong, or who belongs to a class who has done one wrong. It all stems from hatred and an overfamiliarity with firearms.
It is a wonder sometimes that the petty warfare in this blogosphere does not end up that way given the same motivations of hatred and prejudice I see in some postings.
I am not even immune to it myself, for instance what I personally think about the guy who claims he would rather have his children die of Cancer than live with Autism. God may forgive him but I find it hard to.
Hey WTF? that is the same fanatical thinking that equates in my mind to terrorism. You there fanatic author, would you rather your kids died in a Mall, or a school shootout too?
This is the real madness in this world.