It was late yesterday afternoon, right before 4 p.m. when killa texted me about the two guys who were planning a mass killing spree and an assassination attempt on Barack Obama.
One of the men, Daniel Cowart, was from Bells. Bells is roughly 45 minutes from here as the crow flies.
My phone exploded. Everyone started calling and I was calling other folks. The story kind of exploded in a way although this wouldn’t be something we would cover. We are a local paper, but people wanted to know what was going on.
I didn’t know anything either. Remember, we are a news paper that doesn’t have a wire service. So I was as much to the mercy of the Internet and cable newsers as anyone else.
Needless to say, these two boneheads who had delusions of going on a murder tour dreaming of beheading and executions have to be taken seriously, despite their ineptitude. One person said “it’s just a couple of kids.”
No, it’s not.
Columbine was a bunch of kids. Heath High School in Paducah was a bunch of kids. That’s not getting it for me.
I’ve thought about this off and on all night. Am I surprised by this? No, and that saddens me. I’m not surprised at all, actually.
When you mix guns and burning psychotic stupids, there is a problem. Did these two men have a plan? Yes. I also believe that their combined passion for their plan for murdering people is frightening.
I worked in the domestic violence field for a long time. Every threat is serious. I’ve seen too many women not take threats seriously and get hurt/killed in the process.
I realize I’m rambling a bit here, but this story got under my skin.
Hate is a very scary thing.