After five were killed in a shooting at the Fiamma awning factory in Orlando this week, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said they’re still trying to figure out why the shooter, who had been fired in April for his violent behavior, decided to return and kill his former co-workers. Is that a joke?
A friend speculated that Neumann murdered because of his “troubled” childhood or because rent was due. Is that another joke?
Neumann had a 20-year record of crimes including leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident involving property damage and drug use. A co-worker sought a protective order against Neumann for stalking, but it was dismissed by a judge for insufficient evidence. The next day, the co-worker filed another petition for “repeat violence,” and a temporary injunction was granted. Authorities, however, could not find Neumann’s address to serve it.
Despite his criminal history, Neumann enjoyed shooting at targets on the lake behind his home in the Lake of the Woods mobile home park said a friend.
As we noted two weeks ago, “mere” misdemeanors do not make someone a prohibited gun purchaser. In fact, most mass shooters have criminal records, are clearly unbalanced and relay their violent intentions yet 85 percent pass their background checks. Except the Newtown killer (who was too young to own guns) and the San Bernardino killer (who used a straw buyer) almost all high profile killers were legal gun owners. So much for “laws don’t work because criminals don’t follow laws.”
Speaking of San Bernardino, almost 600 people die a year from workplace shootings including the Roanoke TV crew shootings and shootings at the Sioux Steel Co. in Lennox, South Dakota, UPS facility in Inglenook, Alabama, the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf and Resort Spa in Hoover, Alabama and many more.
In 2013, a Silicon Valley engineer was convicted of fatally shooting three executives at a semiconductor startup on the same day he was fired. In 2012, a fired employee shot and killed five at a Minneapolis sign company. The same year an employee at a Fresno chicken processing plant shot and killed two co-workers.
Just six months ago, a disgruntled former Southwest Airlines employee seeking revenge shot and killed Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester, father of Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester at Oklahoma City airport.
Of the Fiamma awning massacre (a year after the biggest massacre in U.S. history at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando) Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.” Senseless, Governor? As senseless as laws that say clearly violent people intent on killing have “gun rights.”