I think people take for granted that they are safe from huge terrorist plots or large massacres when you live in a small city or a town that things like that just don’t happen to. But the truth it is it can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. No one is immune. No city or town is safe. Not in the world we live in today. This has been proven time and time again.
Sometimes things like that seem so far removed from where you are. You hear about it, you empathize and sympathize for the people involved but you know that it is unlikely it will ever happen where you are, your safe, your loved ones are safe. You can’t help but put it to the back of your mind and move on. But is that a mistake?
Well, my city Halifax, almost became one of those places today that we hear about in the news all the time. Having it happen in your country as it did this past year with the attacks on a military members such as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa on October 22nd, 2014 and the ramming attack two days before that on October 20th, 2014 where Warrant officer Patrice Vincent and another member of the Canadian Military were rammed by a car and Patrice was killed, is hard enough to comprehend and completely senseless. But how can you ever justify opening fire on a bunch of civilians in a shopping center on Valentines Day (or any day)?
That was what was supposed to have happened today in Halifax at the Halifax Shopping Center. As police have asked, I am not naming the individuals as they do not deserve the attention. However that was their plan for today. For 4 people, 3 were locals and one woman from Illinois to open fire in the Halifax Shopping Center and kill as many people as possible before turning the guns on themselves. Just thinking about it I am in tears. I have friends and people that I know that work there. I have friends and family members and other people I know who go there every weekend. I had plans on going there myself today…
Words just can’t describe the feelings I have, but I am going to try. These individuals are heartless and deserve a hell of a lot more then what they are going to get, that’s for sure. Likely a slap on the wrist and a 6 month prison term. One killed himself last night and another, a 17 year old boy was picked up in connection but there was not enough to charge him on. So 2 are being charged and I hope they get a hell of a lot more then that. I hope they rot their lives away in Jail. I am endlessly thankful for the RCMP, the Halifax Regional Police, the Geneva Illinios Police Department and the anonymous person or persons who tipped off the police to the plot, you guys are truly Heros for taking it seriously and for working tirelessly since Thursday to try and stop it from happening and capturing the people who would have been responsible.
The one thing I am confused about. How can you consider this as not a terrorist attack plot? A plot for a mass shooting in a public place? To me that is terrorism, you are trying to instill terror in the public. They said instead it was “a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens”…. by definition is that not terrorism?
PS – So I found out a few hours ago that I work with one of the suspects. Talked to him often. I’m so shocked right now.