I took this not-so-great image about 6 months ago (in June). I was wandering around down by Irondequoit Bay – where it empties into Lake Ontario – trying to create some interesting cloud pictures. There’s a road there (Lake Rd.) that runs across a narrow strip of land and connects Webster, NY (on the east side of the bay) to the northeastern edge of Rochester. It was here, on this section of Lake Road, that four firemen were shot this morning. Two of those brave souls were killed. If I’m correct, this image (looking south over Irondequoit Bay) is very close to where it all happened.
I’m certain that I’ll never understand the mind or the motivations of someone who does this type of thing to other humans. But I’m also certain that we’ll always have them in our midst. There will always be someone who thinks it’s a good idea to mow down innocent people with a gun.
The answer is not to arm more people (as the NRA suggests). Even if these firemen had been armed, they never would have seen this gunman. First, they weren’t expecting him to be there. And it was dark (well before sunrise). If armed, they’d likely have been shot anyway. The answer, as unfair as it may be to the 99% who are sane, is to render it impossible for these crazies to get these weapons. I can think of no other reasonable alternative. If we want to stop the bloodshed we have to get rid of the guns.
Guns kill people. The crazies just pull the trigger.
On a much lighter note, I have to correct some of the newspeople who keep saying that Webster is in “upstate New York”. It’s not. This is western NY. Upstate NY is the area north and northwest of New York City (north to the Albany area and west to roughly the eastern border of Wayne County). If you’re west of that line, you’re in western NY. As Webster is. Don’t feel bad, though. I know a number of “western New Yorkers” who think they live upstate. They should check a map……..