Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mass Shootings - Nothing New - Evil is Evil! 1966

Americans have short memories! Mass shootings have always occurred. It's just that communications are much better today and we have instant coverage.Here is the excerpt from the Texas Tower Shooter more than 50 years ago.it was a lot worse than any of the recent carnage incidents of today, with a lot less firepower on his side. You can't prevent "evil" with more laws.
! On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. The 25-year-old architectural engineering major and ex-Marine—who had previously complained of searing headaches and depression—had already murdered his mother, Margaret, and his wife, Kathy, earlier that morning. He fired his first shots just before noon, aiming with chilling precision at pedestrians below. “The crime scene spanned the length of five city blocks . . . and covered the nerve center of what was then a relatively small, quiet college town,” noted executive editor Pamela Colloff in her 2006 oral history of the shootings. “Hundreds of students, professors, tourists, and store clerks witnessed the 96-minute killing spree as they crouched behind trees, hid under desks, took cover in stairwells, or, if they had been hit, played dead.”
At the time, there was no precedent for such a tragedy. Whitman “introduced the nation to the idea of mass murder in a public space,” wrote Colloff. By the time he was gunned down by an Austin police officer early that afternoon, he had shot 43 people, thirteen of whom died. 1966:
50 years ago! Evil is evil! It is what it is!