On the fourth of July this year, a gruesome murder-suicide took place in Dundee, Oregon. That afternoon, Randall Engels, 37, shot and killed his estranged wife Amy Engels, 35; their daughter Bailey, 13; and son Jackson, 11. Amy Engels had filed for divorce just weeks earlier on May 29, 2012, citing an “immediate danger” to her children. “My husband has threatened to steal them and not return them,” she told a Yamhill County judge. “He has threatened to hurt them. He yells at them and makes them feel nervous and upset.”
The Dundee community was shocked and saddened by the unspeakable tragedy, but one Oregon pro-gun activist saw the murders as evidence that Randall Engels “loved” his family.
“FancyJack,” a prolific pro-gun commenter at the KVAL.com website, had plenty to say about the murder-suicide. When gun violence prevention blogger “Baldr Odinson” responded to an article about the incident by writing, “It’s not the gun I oppose, it’s the ease of which people like Mr. Engels are able to get them and use them,” “FancyJack” was outraged and replied:
You squeeze a trigger, a nice steady pull, so as not to interfere with the aim, everyone is dead so his use of the firearm was proficient … He did not flip out, he was methodical with the destruction of his family, again everyone is dead. Suicide is a tool, just like a firearm, it has its place in humanity, that you fear it as you fear firearms is not surprising. Once he made the decision, he would have been at peace, he took his family with him, he loved them and could not leave them to the mercies of the type people who exploit the dead to pursue a liberal social agenda, I’d bet Mr. Engels would have echoed my sentiment that he was protecting his family from people, people who think like you.
When another commenter facetiously pressed “FancyJack” to indicate whether it would be OK for parents to seek out an abortion to protect a child from the “liberal social agenda,” “FancyJack” replied:
Yes, provided that we killed the mother when we killed the baby as she would not be here to protect the child. He killed his children out of love, liberal women kill their children out of selfishness, if abortion was fair, we would kill them both, but as we both know, abortion is a liberal social agenda whose intent was to clean up the gene pool, from my perspective, killing a mother that would kill her child is a just act and protects the family.
“FancyJack” also recently found time to leave his thoughts on the shooting deaths of young black men at the KVAL website. “Live by the hoody, die by the hoody,” he wrote.