« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 04:11:34 PM »
There's so much information that we don't yet know about this incident, although every news item seems to have some new fact or, unfortunately, speculation.
We know now that he ran into the parliament buildings, scuffled with the guard at the door who tried to knock the rifle down and who was shot in the leg. Then he ran straight, not towards either side hallway where the caucus meetings were taking place and where, at the far end of each, the house of commons and senate would sit. Instead, by taking the straight ahead route, he was heading towards the library. If this was planned, the library seems an unusual destination. Who knows, though, perhaps it was the beauty of the place that struck him, in his planning, to be a good place to end it, for surely he knew it would end.
My hope is that this will turn out to be not an organized terrorist attack, but the horrible actions of a deranged mind, acting totally on his own, for reasons that do not match the current speculation about an islamic extremeist. Yes, I did read that he wanted to go to Syria and had applied for a passport. An acquaintence, though, says he wanted the passport to be able to rent a car. What to believe. It's all still unclear.
Our only exposure to violent and gun-related incidents is through TV shows. Perhaps for that reason we find ourselves perplexed at the gunshot sounds after the first 3 or 4. The rifle sounds are clear at the beginning, then (according to CBC) there are the two shots from the sargeant at arms, then there are at least 20 to be heard. What on earth were they shooting at by then? I don't want to think they are such bad shots. I hope it's just my TV trained view of things.
I thought the speeches on Wednesday by three political leaders were very informative. I'm not an NDP fan, but in my opinion Muclair captured the reactions of Canadians much better than the other two, and seemed to be saying what we wanted to hear. A calming influence.
There was a brief interview with one of the people who tried to help the soldier. She voiced her repugnance at those who stood around outside the perimeter of the people desperately trying to save his life and took videos and pictures. I share her horror that our society has reduced to such low life. Those people who whip out their cameras in those circumstances are right up (down) there with Jason Kenney. There was a film clip of him saying something. I switched channels.
This is such a tragic event for all of us.