I don’t know how this didn’t make bigger headlines. I didn’t hear about this story until late Saturday and only because of its connection to the Parkland school shooting.
Anyway, on Friday, 26-year-old Rex Whitmire Harbour used a 9mm handgun to shoot at random commuters on Georgia Highway 365 in Hall County, Georgia. Harbour took the coward’s way out by way of a self-inflicted gunshot after a short chase by police. Police were said to have found three 9mm handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, a BB-gun, and 3,000 rounds of ammunition in Harbour’s car. Three people were injured, two with gunshot wounds. Thankfully, no one received any life-threatening injuries.
The reason this came across my radar is that Harbour was a fan of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz. When police searched Harbour’s home, where he lived with his parents I might add, they found the almost prerequisite hate-filled journal where Harbour called Cruz a hero and wrote that Cruz gave Harbour “courage and confidence.” I’m pretty sure he got those words mixed up with crazy and cowardice. No word on if Harbour’s parents knew anything about their son’s obvious mental issues. Also, I haven’t seen how Harbour obtained his guns but considering it’s Georgia, I doubt he had a hard time getting his hands on them. Second Amendment y’all.
This is why I say people who exhibit some kind of hero worship toward killers and mass murderers should have close eyes kept on them. This kind of behavior is in no way beneficial to anyone and should be treated as a sign of a dangerous mental illness.