Earlier this morning, about 630am, a disgruntled employee with Walmart walked in to the one in Southaven, Ms. He opened fire killing two employees, Southaven police responded as well as my old department, the Desoto County Sheriff’s department.
Suspect was shot and airlifted to the Med in Memphis, Southaven Officer was also shot, but the round hit him in his vest. Officer has been released from the hospital.
Prayers for all of my former colleagues, families of those killed and the community. I’ve been in that store thousands of times and did security over the holidays there. Such a tragic event!
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I didn't feel that "Chaplain's Corner" was the place to write my reply to Keith's post about the Mississippi Walmart shooting, so I am sticking it here. And I am honestly hoping that my reply does not start any infighting, as this is most certainly not my intention. But I think that we can all agree that this latest shooting is tragic, and unfortunately a sign of the times. I was just reading that the USA averages about one mass shooting per day. (355 mass shootings/year) My God. Sure, I get
that it's part of your Constitution and all, and that many of my fellow forum members are gun owners, but Holy Cow, I'm not sure how it is that so many people just don't seem to see the connection between the number of gun owners and the number of gun crimes. I also just learned that a person is 6 times
more likely to be killed from gun violence in the USA than in Canada. (now, before someone says that it's because the USA has 10x the population of Canada, let me say that these figures are per capita... the number of gun homicides per million people) This should
speak volumes. Jeez, if you were twice
as likely to be shot and killed in the USA than in Canada... well, that would be quite alarming for sure. But six times?!?
And to hopefully clarify, I have nothing against owning guns... I have owned them for most of my adult life. In fact, every person I know here in this province of Newfoundland is a gun owner. So, it definitely begs the question... why is it so much more dangerous/deadly in the States than it is here in Canada? I really don't consider Canadians and Americans to be much different from each other. Almost everyone owns guns in both of our countries. The only real difference I am seeing is that we don't carry ours around with us, unless we are out hunting, or shooting at targets. Whatever is going on with all of this dreadful gun violence these days, I sincerely hope that something changes very soon. There are far too many people getting needlessly killed.
(this chart is several years old, but you get the idea)