By Jermaine Reed
According to AZCentral, 20-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr. killed three people in a random shooting in Arizona’s Westgate Entertainment District. Hernandez allegedly filmed himself on Snapchat as drunk beer on the way and referred to himself as ”The West Gate Shooter.” In the parking lot, he surrendered after police confronted him while he was armed with a machine gun. Several others, including a 19-year-old man, were taken to the hospital with life-threatening wounds.
In the midst of a global pandemic, Hernandez, heavily armed, decided to pop up at a mall and commit first-degree murder. What does that say about America and its people? What does it say about the stay-at-home orders and their sudden reversal in some states? It says that America is not ok.
Before the pandemic, gun control was an issue, and this incident will catapult it back to the forefront of our national stage. But as always, the Right will blame unaddressed mental illness while claiming this shooting was an isolated incident. The Left will stomp and scream and threaten to blow down the country without new, more effective gun control laws. And nothing will be done. And another mass shooting will creep up on us.
What Hernandez did was atrocious, hateful and outright evil. After he attempts to pay society the debt he never can, he will answer to the Most High. Still, something has to be done to prevent the next mass shooting. The only way to prevent the next shooting is to vote out the current administration and eventually the Senate as well and replace them with trustworthy Democrats and Independents. Until then, we’re all just sitting ducks.
*Jermaine Reed is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books.