Seeds: On February 20th, a 45 year old man named Jason Dalton went on a seven hour shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the rampage, he killed six people and severely wounded two others.
Core: Dalton reportedly did not know any of the victims personally, leaving his motives unclear. In several accounts by witnesses, it is commonly noted that his killings were very deliberate and in no way rushed. There are many horrifying aspects of this case, including the fact that his victims appear to be purely random, and the fact that the man was an Uber driver. The company offered their sincere condolences to the victim's families, but reassured the public that they conducted a background check on the killer, and found that he had no criminal record. However, Uber has recently admitted that someone filed a complaint about the suspect, but it had not been processed before the shootings. What is possibly most frightening is that Dalton, himself, earned a degree in law enforcement from Kalamazoo’s community college.
Skin: President Obama has commented on this issue, asking Americans to rethink their stances on gun laws. He has taken this opportunity to use the case as another example of preventable violence.
Leaves: There are numerous stories of people recounting how they either got in the car, or almost got in the car with the killer, as Dalton continued to pick up customers throughout the series of shootings. The random nature of this case is making customers question how effective Uber’s background checks are, and the safety of the service in general, especially since many young people, including minors, use it.
Food For Thought: How safe do you think Uber is? Should we be questioning the effectiveness of background checks, not just in terms of this case, but also in terms of other jobs? Do you think America should be rethinking gun laws?Is the accessibility of guns a factor in the number of shootings we have? Tell us what you think.
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