That Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

Police say the gunman was a “disgruntled” employee of Virginia Beach’s public works department and shot “indiscriminately”.

Clearly we must reduce the amount of bureaucracy in life so as to reduce the amount of disgruntlement that leads to such mass shootings.

Virginia Beach shooting: 12 dead as gunman opens fire on colleagues

Can’t help thinking that they’d be better described as ex-colleagues.

Yes, pendantry is alive and well even in times of strife and terror.

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Pedantry surely? 😉

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Well, no. Comes from an old Polly Toynbee column:

“Best blogging moment so far: being called a “pendant” by Polly Toynbee. Not, as he thought, an ornament to be cherished and hugged to one’s bosom, but something close to a tit.”

Her typo of course….and yes, referring to me by name.

starfish
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Ah, all becomes.clear!

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Virginia Beach shooting: 12 dead as gunman opens fire on colleagues

“….Can’t help thinking that they’d be better described as ex-colleagues. Yes, pendantry is alive and well even in times of strife and terror….”

I LIKE pedantry!

When he opened fire on them, they were, indeed, colleagues. Shortly afterwards, several of them were ex. So the original description seems to me to be accurate….

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This shooting (as so often is the case), took place in a gun free zone. Violating a gun free zone (other than a school) is a misdemeanor.

I am always amazed by the blind optimism of gun controllers who believe that a loon – determined to commit multiple murders – will be deterred by the thought of committing an additional misdemeanor.

On a side note, having witnessed the incompetence of municipal employees, I am amazed that this fellow managed to kill 11 people.