A lone gunman, Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland entered the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis armed with a shotgun and killed five people. Two other people were injured in the attack.

Ramos has evidently has had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper. In July of 2011, the paper mentioned Ramos by name in an article about a criminal harassment case against him. He tried to sue the paper in 2012 and being the loser that he is, lost the lawsuit. The two individuals named in his lawsuit no longer work for the newspaper and they were not present yesterday during the shooting.

The victims include:

  • Gerald Fischman, columnist
  • Rob Hiaasen, editor
  • John McNamara, sports reporter
  • Rebecca Smith, sales assistant
  • Wendi Winters, reporter

We don’t have a gun problem, we have an asshole problem

Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland.

A lot of people will be quick to say this was caused by the easy access to guns we have in this country. They say we should ban all guns. I don’t think we should do that. We don’t have a gun problem, we have an asshole problem. Take Ramos’ shotgun out the equation, he still wanted to murder five people he did not know, five people who had done him no harm. Three old men and three women.

Every mass shooting in this country has involved an asshole with a gun. Recent estimates say we have over 245 million guns in this country. Considering that number, if guns were the problem, mass shootings would be a much greater problem. We would experience multiple mass shootings each and every day.

Jarrod Ramos is a homicidal asshole

Until we have a way of removing homicidal assholes from society before they commit murder, I wish the government would make it easier for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves. My greatest fear is that I will end up in a gunfight without a gun. When I die, I don’t want it to be hiding under a desk. First of all, I don’t think I’d fit under a desk. Secondly, I don’t want to die as a helpless victim. If I have to die, I would at least like to know I went down fighting.

Currently, it’s very difficult to get a wear and carry license in Maryland. The most difficult hurdle is you have to demonstrate a valid reason to have such a license.  Not wanting to die unarmed in a gunfight is not a valid reason.

If more law abiding citizens were armed, it might detur assholes like Jarrod Ramos from walking into a building and murdering people.