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Thursday, September 18, 2003

The hostage situation in Dyersburg is over. The gunman was shot and killed. Two hostages were shot; one is in critical but stable condition. This could have been much worse. Thankfully, it wasn't.

When reading the headlines, I noticed this one from the State Gazette: "Man who took hostages called troubled."

When is a perpetrator of a hostage crisis NOT troubled? Have I missed a standoff where the gunman was "happy go lucky", jovial, or jocular? Have there been "slightly peeved" or "mildly angry" snipers?

Why the obvious headline? Because the need is perceived that we should find out why someone would put so many in danger. The fact is he did something VERY wrong, and paid the price for it. Quit finding "root causes" and call it what it was: a despicable crime.


.: posted by Dave 1:30 PM

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