The El Paso shooting has just happened and I am heartsick. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn I’m anti-gun – particularly when it comes to using them to kill one another – but I even feel like it’s not a fair fight when hunting. I don’t mind hunting, but use some skills darn it. I’ve fired a gun. It’s unforgiving. [Sunday morning: another mass shooting overnight. Hard to get out of bed. But I had a comment about guns for legit protection and I agree. There are horrible moments in life when you need to protect someone or save yourself. Damn.]
As the August 22nd hearing grows near, I’ve realized I’m really starting to resent these quarterly treks to Sacramento just to watch an aging monster, age. This thing is moving at a snail’s pace and honestly, there’s no story here anymore. He’s been caught. He’s been vilified in the media. The survivors have proven their resilience. The investigators can finally sleep. Even his family must have figured out some way to get up every morning knowing the horrific legacy he’s left them.
So yes, I’m way over it.
I resent he hasn’t just died and given us all an out; allowing us to go on living without his god-awful name ever having to be mentioned again.
I resent he’s taking up space.
I resent my taxes are paying for him.
I resent he’s going to cost our state tens of millions of dollars.
I resent politicians – whoops, I’m sorry – district attorneys who will use this as leverage in their next election.
I resent this gives any fuel to the death penalty debate.
I resent watching his female attorney look at him like he’s a small boy who’s lost his way.
I resent that we have to shut our mouths in court because “decency” and “rules” as if this was in any way related to how he behaved.
I resent family members and survivors are living with the dread of having to testify.
I resent every trauma he caused, every person he hurt, every life he stole.
I resent the years we all lived in fear because he could still be out there.
I resent every damn breath he takes.
Yes, I’m going to be there. My expectations are minimal. I’m much more excited about seeing my kid (who lives there now) than being ushered into that tiny jailhouse courtroom in the August heat.