Here are a couple of funeral shootings within a few hours drive of me.
From the Fox 11 News in Los Angeles:
Mother pleads for answers after son is killed leaving South LA funeral
By Koco McAboy Published 1 day ago South Los Angeles FOX 11
LOS ANGELES – A mother is pleading for answers after her son was shot and killed while leaving a funeral in South LA on September 11.
And from the Bakersfield Californian:
Attendees, employees, owner left reeling after deadly shooting at Basham Funeral Care
By QUNN WILSON firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 17, 2020 9
A deadly shooting outside Basham Funeral Care on Thursday left virtually everyone in attendance traumatized.
“There’s so many feelings that you have that you can’t explain,” said John Basham, owner of the establishment located at 3312 Niles St. “We felt like we were being attacked.”
At 11:55 a.m. the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a possible active shooter at the funeral home in east Bakersfield. Shortly after, they located a 28-year-old man shot dead in the parking lot. A funeral that the victim was going to attend was occurring at the time.
Basham said that the shooting had “nothing to do” with the family they were serving. He explained that the service was just a “normal, everyday funeral” and that due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 percent capacity was allowed inside while about 100 people congregated in the parking lot.
Basham said he was busy making photocopies when he heard about five to six gunshots, followed by nearly all of the people outside of the building running inside to take cover. He said there was an individual who suffered a seizure during all the hysteria.
“The family (we were serving) is traumatized, the people who were here have been traumatized by this and my employees have been traumatized,” Basham said. “A funeral home or cemetery are kind of sacred grounds and these kinds of things don’t take place there, so it was totally unexpected.”
Of course, these were black funerals.
In my recent Taki’s Magazine column “Just Knock It Off” I wrote:
My guess is that there are some low-hanging fruit in contemporary African-American culture—absurdly dysfunctional tendencies—that should and could be made taboo.
For example, there should be a cultural proscription on the disgraceful practice of shooting up funerals and other memorial services. Self-respecting criminals should be ashamed to do that. …
Mayors and governors could help blunt the current spike in black-on-black carnage by announcing that the bans on large gatherings due to the pandemic apply to black funerals, too.
But, as we saw with the immense George Floyd and John Lewis funeral orgies, those rules don’t seem to apply to blacks. …
Instead, however, our society has been pushing in the opposite direction, promoting in blacks an ever-growing sense of megalomania and impunity.
How’s that working out for us?