Church leader focusing on bravery, charity — not on 'one act of evil'
Struck close to home on this. Family member, bishop, killed in his office.Praying for this Father and his family. Glad to here he will recover. The
shooter was either filled with hate, mental or on drugs. Not good for anyone!
Moniker, you seem to be looking for trouble where there is none. A newspaper
looks for things that are newsworthy. A man getting shot in church while
kneeling to pray is a bit unusual and dramatic in and of itself. Besides, his
movements evidently saved his life, since had his head been in a different
position the shot may have been fatal. I doubt the DN is trying to
cry religious persecution. The shooter was known to the priest, indicating he
had been to the church in the past. For all we know, he may be Catholic. A
parishioner getting shot by a fellow parishioner really doesn't fulfill any
criteria of religious persecution.
Is it really relevant that he was shot "as he knelt to pray"? To me
this is just another example of the Deseret News trying to add a religious
persecution element to an already newsworthy story. I'm sure that shooter
planned to shoot the victim regardless and that the victim happened to be
"worshiping God" at the time had little if anything at all to do with
it. But religious persecution pieces do sell more papers, don't they?
JohnInSLC, if you take a look at yesterday's comments you'll see that
a few of the progressives chimed right in on gun-control. As usual, they did not
have any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the weapon and its possessor
Before making an evaluation because none was available.. As for the daughter
leaving the scene, I don't think we can judge what we would do in a
circumstance like that unless we had actually lived through it.
I wonder what the time over/under is on progressives using this unfortunate
incident to call for more gun control? (Despite the fact that "Jennings . .
. is restricted from having firearms." Yeah, more laws will work great!)And a big thumbs-up to the parishioners who acted so quickly to chase
this bad apple away. I'd worship with you folks any time!
I did word that first comment wrong. My bad. I do understand she was the
daughter and not the spouse of the victim. But still, I have a hard time
understanding why she would run off while her father (not spouse) had just been
shot and was dying... especially since her husband (the shooter) had probably
already left, since the article said he immediately ran off afterwards with
other parishioners in pursuit. Most people would never, under almost
any circumstance ever leave a crime scene with one of their parents dead or
dying, regardless of the risk of staying. By doing so, it certainly doesn't
help her case concerning the question of any possible involvement.
Should she have stuck around to see if she was going to be killed next? i
don't think so.
Maybe she ran off cause she feared she would be next? Is she an EMT?
What could she do that everyone else that couldn't do? Maybe
she was afraid the congregation would blame her. We tend to blame the relatives
of those who do bad things. The school shooting in CT as one example.
Maybe she figured she was next to be shot.
I too find it odd that the victim's daughter (perp's wife) would run
off instead of staying to help her dad.Abused wife syndrome?
@Tators - It was the shooter's wife that ran off, which happened to be
victim's daughter. The man who shot him was the victim's son-in-law.
As for why she ran off, who knows? It doesn't mean she was involved, but
it's too early to speculate. Obviously watching her husband shoot her
father at church would be pretty traumatizing.
If the victim's spouse wasn't involved with the shooting, why would
she run off afterward, instead of staying with and helping her husband and doing
what she could? Seems a bit strange.