“A lone gunman targeted foreigners in a drive-by shooting spree Saturday in a central Italian city, wounding six people, one of them with life-threatening injuries, before being arrested,” usnews.com reports. “The suspect’s motive wasn’t immediately clear, but the city of Macerata in the central Marche region is still reeling from . . .
the gruesome killing and dismemberment of a young Italian woman [above] this week, allegedly at the hands of a Nigerian immigrant.”
Note that US News uses the word “foreigner” for the black victims of the Italian shooter and “immigrant” for the Nigerian murderer. To be fair, the story must negotiate a minefield.
The shooting spree came days after the killing of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro [above] and amid a heated electoral campaign in Italy where anti-foreigner sentiment has become a key theme.
The head of the anti-migrant Northern League, Matteo Salvini, has capitalized on the killing in campaign appearances, and is pledging to deport 150,000 migrants in his first year in office if his party wins control of parliament and he is named premier.
Obviously, shooting random “foreigners” to avenge a killing is beyond the pale. The Italian shooter had no legal or moral justification for taking innocent life.
But it’s also true that the right to keep and bear arms is an extension of the right to keep a community safe from criminal predation. When that right is denied, the resulting sense of powerlessness can lead to bad, bad things.
The antis use this an excuse to disarm the populace. But as we saw in today’s Quote of the Day, human nature trumps tyranny. Where there’s a will, there’s a gun. For good and for evil.