Another day, another report of a shoot out in the USA. This time two people plus the shooter are dead. It happened at a New Jersey store around 35 miles outside of New York in the early hours of the morning. The killer has been named as 23-year-old night shift worker Terence S. Tyler.
Around 3.30 in the morning Tyler left the Pathmark grocery store where he was working only to return armed with a AK-47 automatic rifle and a handgun. As staff began to open the store for business shots rang out. Two people were killed in separate parts of the store. On the face of it these killings appear to be revenge or grudge attacks.
The dead man and woman were also employees. Media sources have reported that the victims were an 18-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, Early reports state the shooter entered the store weapons blazing.
Tyler reportedly had only worked at the store a few weeks and was a former marine. A spokesperson for the military confirmed that a man of the name Terence S Tyler had been a marine for two years. His service had ended in 2010 plus he had never served overseas.
According to Reuters Tyler's Facebook page carried a slogan, "Be optimistic all the people you hate are eventually going to die."
The US has experienced a violent period this year. Maybe it always does and these incidents are just more widely reported this year. As the country is in the throes of election fever such tragedies are used by both sides to further their campaign ends.
If you research a little online the majority of US citizens appear to want relaxed gun laws and easy access to pirchase weapons which ultimately leads to more gun crime. Only one week ago an unemployed New York City man shot and killed a former co-worker, earlier in August a white supremacist opened fire in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, killing seven people and on July 2012 a gunman opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people. There are other incidents also.
The price of the Right To Bear Arms? If so is it a price worth paying?