These kinds of tragedies are always shocking, but sadly the responses are not. Satire website The Onion has an article that nails it.
It is human nature that when something like this happens, we want to find answers. We want to understand what causes it, because we want to prevent it. We want to make sense of the senseless. These are good traits, and this desire is what helps us to be civilized. Unfortunately, what always seems to happen is that in doing so, they miss the point that some things are simply senseless and tragic, and without rational explanation. Their words and actions after a tragedy can range from insensitive to downright hurtful. I can cut a little slack to those whose intentions are good, but I think you see the true colors of others when they exploit tragedies like this for political reasons.
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert blames the massacre on the separation of church and state. He says God was not there because society has said they do not want him around. You can't get any stupider than that. It's extremely ignorant and superstitious, as well as theologically unsound and just insensitive to the victims for this idiot to say something like this. His statements should be career-ending, but sadly we know they will not.
A young mother, 21 year old Sharaha Marie Darisse, (right) was charged with abandoning and endangering a child after leaving a toddler in a car seat yesterday at a Lewisville Walmart on Round Grove Road. Temperatures reached 107 degrees Saturday, setting a new record, breaking the previous 105 set in 1939. Police were told that the child had been in the car for 30 minutes* with the vehicle off and windows cracked, and was not looking good. Paramedics also responded.
A store security officer had opened the car at about 7:45 p.m., but was afraid to remove the child. Darisse came out of the store and started yelling at security. She was arrested at the scene after a short investigation and held overnight in Lewisville jail on $5,000 bond.
We are told that the child was okay, and went home with the father. *Update: Police said the child had been in the car for about 15 minutes.
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Posted: 2012/7/22 14:54 Updated: 2012/7/22 16:00
Re: Sunday Update
I only shop at Penney's occassionally and I wouldn't mind the self-checkout but I think of my 87-year-o;d mother and others like her. She will just go to Sears instead even though she likes Penney's better because she won't want to deal with the self-scan checkout. Penney's may be making a mistake on this one.