Good People

Wrong or resolute, I’m in the mood to obey
Station through station
Desensitizing the nation
Where did all the people go?

A pair of gun incidents with possible racial motives have roiled Kentucky. On Wednesday, Gregory Bush, 51, a white man with a history of racist comments, killed two black shoppers when he opened fire at a Kroger grocery store in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown. In a chilling echo of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, Bush reportedly tried to enter a predominantly black Baptist church minutes before the attack, but couldn’t get in. The U.S. attorney for the area is investigating the rampage as a possible hate crime.

Bush also had a record of violence against his family, and had been hospitalized twice for mental illness and suicide attempts. Judges ordered him to surrender his guns several times, and in 2009 he was convicted of domestic violence, which bars him from owning a gun for life. Police are not yet sure how he obtained one.

“Something needs to be done to stop putting guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” the nephew of Kroger victim Vickie Lee Jones said the day after the shooting. “Something is wrong with the system. This shouldn’t have happened.”

A week earlier and about 30 miles southeast, a man possibly plotting a mass shooting was apprehended by police as he was pulling out of his driveway in the small city of Lawrenceburg. Dylan Jarrell, 20, was armed with a gun, 200 rounds of ammo, a Kevlar vest, and a detailed plan of attack for two nearby schools. The authorities were tipped off by a woman in New Jersey, who had woken up to a Facebook message from Jarrell, a total stranger, saying her three black children should be lynched.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders believes Bull’s tip saved lives. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and do havoc,” he said.

So, I ask…

‘Where’d all the good people go?’