Around 5pm on Saturday, Christy Sheats, 42, chased down, shot and killed her 17 and 22 yr old daughters, Madison and Taylor, following what police are describing as a 'family dispute.' The shooting took place on a public street, in front of neighbors, in the family's Houston, #Texas neighborhood, on their father Jason's birthday.
Taylor 22, had already been shot once inside the home, where the argument supposedly started and several shots were fired. She tried to run away out of the front door, and was shot again, once more, outside. She wasn't dead yet. Having run out of bullets, Christy reentered the family home to grab more ammunition, returned outside, and shot Taylor one final time in the back. Madison 17, was shot once outside, shortly before police arrived on-scene. Though she was rushed to the hospital, she too eventually succumbed to her wounds and died. Jason Sheats, the girls' father, was uninjured and witnessed the events unfold. Details are being withheld by police.
Looking for information about the shooter, one only needs to go as far as Facebook to find troubling details.
“It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away,” she wrote in a March post, “but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns." -Christy Sheats' Facebook profile, March 2016
Her profile is riddled with Bible verses, conservative platitudes, and pro-gun propaganda. Christy self-identified as Southern Baptist, and was born and raised in Alabama, where she met Jason Sheats. Jason Sheats' profile also provides ample evidence that he shared in his wife's pro-gun and conservative sentiments.
So far, the media and police have been very careful about releasing any details related to the case, choosing instead to remain vague about Christy having 'had a mental crisis.' There are no conspiracy theories being proposed about her ties to radical groups, or any speculations being made by the media concerning the involvement of her husband, Jason Sheats. Is there not a connection between Christy's faith, politics, personality, and actions? Are her beliefs totally separate from her actions?
A Fulshear Police Department officer shot Christy Sheats on the scene, after she refused to drop her weapon(s). The police department has released statements wishing Jason Sheats well, 'in light of his immense loss.' According to local authorities, police had been called to the home multiple times for domestic disturbances, but they refuse to release any further details; including the type of gun she used to murder her children.
The incident in Houston with the Sheats family took place only two days after the gun-related murder of Cobb County, Georgia school teacher and mother of 2, Jenna Wall. Police arrived at Jenna's parents' residence to find her two boys in a car outside, the boys claimed to hear gunshots.
The boys' father, Jarrod Wall, recently divorced Jenna, was inside the residence with his mother, Elizabeth Wall. Jarrod claims his mother, Elizabeth, called him to the house already having shot Jenna to death in the kitchen. He and Jenna had been engaged in a custody battle for some time, leading up to the murder.
Police arrested Elizabeth "Betsy" Wall, 63, and charged her with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and third-degree cruelty to children. She was not allowed bond. Jenna's father is an administrator at the local Southern Baptist Church. The Walls were all practicing, and highly active members of the Southern Baptist Church.
What do shooters really have in common?
Each shooter presents with rigid and obsessive ideations of general social order, or, 'how things should be.' This is coupled with a feeling of dissatisfaction with the status quo, a disappointment and perhaps a sense of certain circumstances being pre-determinable. These feelings of dissatisfaction usually initially translate into some kind of pronounced dogma or creed, group or gang. Religion, may seem an obvious platform for fundamentalism, but religion is not the motivation behind the actions of neo-nazis, for example, who largely consider themselves atheists, unlike other white supremacist groups. Therefore, fundamentalism can stand on its own as a more rational source of violence.
Fundamentalism as I see it: Literal (rather what is agreed upon by a group of individuals to be literal...)* interpretations of religious texts, hand-in-hand with literal* interpretations of pieces of legislation like the Second Amendment, and literal* interpretations of economic and social trends, i.e. thinking immigrants are actually 'taking jobs away from me,' when the vast majority of job losses are directly decided by corporations and conglomerates; and no one holds them accountable.
Furthermore, each case exposes histories of mental health dysfunction and interactions with law enforcement ranging from court-related proceedings like custody and divorce, to domestic disturbances requiring police intervention.
Finally, these were individuals with issues, who had access to firearms.
Oh, and they are all happening in the United States. In our country. Our policies and laws, put in place to protect us and improve our quality of life... are failing us.
We have suffered enough national loss involving firearms to do the math:
Mental Health Issues+Gun Access+Psychotic Episode= Tragedy in America
Each detail explained away by relatives, police, opportunists in the media, politicians and even the public, as if they mean absolutely nothing.
Can having your first and only bad night explain a mother killing her own daughters? If the police have been called to the residence before as a result of domestic dispute, should guns be readily available in the residence? Just a really bad day for a mother-in-law, where killing her daughter-in-law 20 feet from her grandchildren seemed like a righteous and responsible thing to do? How someone's grandmother prayed, has more to do with how they take a life, than the weapons they can access to harm others? Rosaries, or carpets, or headwear, or symbols, or memes, are more rational to blame for the physical murder of a human being, than a physical gun? Really? So by that logic, a gun-rights proponent would tell me if we remove guns from the equation, these children, this mother would still be dead? That these people would have been capable of killing with their bare hands? That the Pulse Nightclub Shooter would have been able to hurt over 50 people with his fists? A knife? A stick? A revolver? A handgun even?
Is that how deluded this conversation has become? Don't blame the gun! Don't blame the gun? As if guns are human and need protecting. If a human 'accidentally by no will of its own' killed thousands of people per year, wouldn't they have their rights taken away and be thrown in jail, behind bars, or end up under lock and key in an institution?
Something needs to be done about how we address domestic violence, weapons access, and especially mental healthcare access in America.
So, what do a shooter, a shooter and a shooter have in common?
... aint this some Venn Diagram shit...
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