On Tuesday, 39 year old Robert Beiser shot and killed his wife Teresa at her work at Legacy Metro Lab in Tualatin, before entering a bathroom and shooting and killing himself. Teresa had recently filed for divorce from her husband.
Wednesday Mukesh Suthar apparently shot his wife Varsha and son Ronak before taking his own life. Authorities have not finalized their investigation, but initial indications are this was also a murder/suicide. He had been depressed and was facing some financial stress, but friends have stated this was sudden and unexpected.
The author goes on to ask all the usual questions, why do people do this, what could possibly go through their minds. She describes very well the dilemma faced by friends and family when someone is acting strangely - should they intervene or not? Finally she comes up with the solution.
What we can do is pray for our friends and families, reach out to them if we see something unusual, and let our neighbors know we care. These are difficult times we live in, with financial crises at every level of income, and contentious political discussions that have thus far failed to resolve anything. We must remember that first and foremost, we are people, with feelings and emotions, problems and ideas, and that only together can we overcome whatever we face.
Now, I may be mistaken, but this sure sounds like that la-di-da, touchy-feely approach liberals are often accused of. In order to reduce the mass murder we need to what, "remember that first and foremost, we are people, with feelings and emotions?"
Is the fact that no mention was made of gun availability an indication that Ms. Bodner doesn't think guns are the problem. She didn't mention that the two examples cited were both men killing their wives either. I suppose she wouldn't go in for my idea about guns being bad news for women then. But, her idea that "only together can we overcome whatever we face" seems sadly inadequate.
What we need is background checks on every transfer, gun registration and gun-owner licensing. Of course, in order to do that we need politicians who can stand up to the gun lobby, perhaps Obama will do that if he makes it to a second term. Through these means, we can significantly reduce the availability of guns to the bad guys.
What's your opinion? Is it actually the gun owners who are into all this "feeling" business? Does it turn out that the gun control advocates are the ones suggesting concrete solutions while their opposition is talking about "feelings and emotions?"
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.