There is an agonizing predictability to the mass shootings that regularly horrify the nation. The latest, in which 26 churchgoers(=people who go to church) were shot to death at Sunday worship(=activity at church) in Texas, offered all the most cruel and terrifying characteristics.
It was carried out by a disturbed individual with easy access to assault weapons adapted from military warfare and marketed in the spurious name of sportsmanship.
As is so often the case, the murderer had a history of domestic violence, having attacked his previous wife and child while in the Air Force, and is reported to have had a grievance(=problem) against his current in-laws. His mother-in-law was absent from her place in the congregation Sunday. The killer nevertheless(=however) took as many innocent lives as he could, spraying the congregation from quick-replacement 30-round rifle clips before the familiar ending came to his life in a chase.
Thus departed Devin Patrick Kelley, the latest mass shooter to crack the headlines, brandishing(=with) a rapid-fire weapon to break through his anonymity and ruin the lives and families of victims he did not know.
The ritual of mass shootings must include instant questions about the killer’s precise motive, as if his horrific deed can be truly fathomed(=imagined). The most pertinent answer to that question in Texas as elsewhere is the killer did it because he could — he could get the firepower, a viciously effective Ruger assault rifle, and register his grievance as something supreme in his mind by applying destructive force upon the innocent.
(Adapted from Thge New York Times)