Understanding that often preliminary reports can be wrong, this is what we believe we are learning so far:
The Russell County Sheriff told reporters that his office denied Houser (the alleged shooter) a pistol permit in 2006 (this isn’t the first time a killer has been denied firearms licensing). Lesson – gun control can’t stop a decentralized threat. People will kill people, with or without firearms, prisons prove this.
Houser was of sound enough mind not to attack a gunshop, shooting range, or LE office. Again confirming something that everyone who pays any attention already know: Bad guys like to attack soft targets (your typical “gun free zones,” like us military bases, recruiting offices, schools, churches, businesses, post offices, etc.). Bad things like mass-murdrs and active shooter scenarios tend to happen just about anywhere innocent people are likely to be at a disadvantage by being disarmed. This in turn takes away a innocent persons ability to more safely import keltic force at a distance, and more quickly than he could possibly address threats without a firearm.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft believed Houser clearly intended to escape after opening fire by blending in with the fleeing crowd, but turned back when police arrived and shot himself instead. This too follows a pattern of some active shooters resolve melting upon being confronted with real potential of lethal force, even to the point of killing themselves. Of course some do engage first responders, and then it comes down to who knows how to fight better and brings more well trained friends to the fight.
Houser’s father was a taxman, and Houser himself wanted the same role and title. If I am remembering correctly, this isn’t the first time a politician, politician want to be, or child of a politician has committed murder, or even mass murder. What this proves, once again, is that there is no position or station in life which magically makes or grants people a trouble free life, or that somehow prevents people from making horrible decisions, or prevents them from going over to the dark side.
Alcohol was involved. Friends say that John Houser had drinking problem and appeared to “struggling with depression.” Question: If marijuana (or some other illicit and ‘unauthorized’ drug (unlike the “authorized” prescription psychotropic drugs that are often reported in mass shootings) were involved, would people be taking about “refer madness,” and how allowing people to self-medicate should be legislated (democratically of course) and enforced via the credible use of lethal force through the states monopoly on violence?
Probably, because it’s easier to justify “fixing” others, enforcing their morality through democratic violence by-proxy, than it is to fix yourself by being prepared for this type of thing.
City police chief says Houser was known to his department, citing a number of civil disputes and other “strange behavior.” So both the county and city law enforcement knew of his problems yet were unable to stop the threat. Not their bad – because a decentralized threat can never be properly addressed with centralized policies and actions, they are fighting institutional inertia just like most everyone else.
More importantly, we need to understand that it is highly unlikely anyone will have the police in their workplaces, neighborhoods, churches, or schools when things like this typically go down. As the old saying goes, when people have only seconds to respond correctly or die, police are only minutes away.
Takeaway: Bad things happen to good people everywhere in the world every day, it’s been like this since the dawn of time. And as may in law enforcement have acknowledged (and common sense dictates). one need to be prepared; because you, your significant other, your workmates, your fellow spiritualists, shoppers, and yes, even fellow movie goers, ARE the real “first responders.”
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Authorities have uncovered that Lafayette theater shooter John Houser apparently had mental issues and was evicted from his Alabama home in 2013 or 2014.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told The Advocate that his office also denied Houser a pistol permit in 2006.
‘It appears he had some mental health issues,’ Taylor said.
Senior law enforcement officials are also trying to locate Houser’s family members.
‘He was known to us,’ Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith told The Advocate, citing number of civil disputes and ‘strange behavior.’
Mark Hogencamp, who knew Houser in Phenix City, recalled Houser as ‘a troubled guy.’
‘He seemed to be more and more unstable,’ Hogencamp told The Advocate. ‘I know he had a problem with drinking.’
Hogencamp added that House appeared to be ‘struggling with depression.’
In Columbus, Ga., former attorney John Swearingen told The Advocate that Houser tried to hire someone to set his law office on fire in the early 1980s. Swearingen also said Houser ran for public office.
‘He’s always been a little unbalanced, to say the least,’ Swearingen said.”
(Via.) Acadiana | The Advocate