Maria texted me this morning. That’s normal. It’s usually about a deal or a coupon that came up while I was sleeping.
This morning it was about PathMark.
Not a great price on anything at the supermarket. It was a text about the PathMark shooting.
A 23-year-old employee at the store in Old Bridge, New Jersey [[30 miles away from New York City; an hour south of where I grew up]], left work at 3:30am, came back around 4am with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and shot and killed two employees — both under the age of 25 — and himself.
We live in a country where nothing is safe, where we now go to the movies with the same fear as people who went to banks back in the Wild Wild West.
How is this our reality? How is it that we can’t even go grocery shopping, go to work, or just walk outside a historic landmark in New York City without the fear that someone will come with a gun and begin shooting.
I watched Bowling for Columbine lately, and Michael Moore did a segment where he went to Canada, where there are far less shootings than the United States, and tried to figure out why. He pointed fingers at the news. In Canada, news broadcasts were so much happier and less sensationalized. Here, that sells. It also puts fear in people’s minds, and that’s why people carry guns and shoot every time they hear the rustle of a leaf.
It’s absolutely ridiculous.
Also ridiculous is that an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man at PathMark are now dead because a, as the Daily News, puts it “disgruntled employee” decided to bring a gun into the supermarket. My heart breaks for them, for their families, for the parents of the victims of this crime.
When does it stop? Seriously. When is enough enough and we fix our country, the land of the free [[to carry weapons]], the home of the brave [[enough to leave their house when all this shooting is going on]].
Photos and details from the Daily News.