Devid R killed himself, his wife Linda and their daughters after he faked a Covid-19 jab certificate and feared his children would be taken away when it was discovered.
Police found two adults, both 40, and three children aged four, eight and 10 dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen south of Berlin on Saturday.
In a farewell note found by police, the man, named as Devid R, said he forged a vaccination certificate for his wife Linda. Her employer had found out, prompting the couple to fear they would be arrested and lose their children.
This is the result of totalitarianism, where someone is so fearful of disproportionate government punishment that they end up doing something horrible.
This is a catalogue of catastrophes, from government putting pressure on companies to enforce Covid-related regulation, to a man doing something stupid just so his family’s income can be protected, to the threat of losing his children for doing so, and the whole tragic consequence.
Understand: I’m not excusing this guy nor his actions. What I’m saying is that excessive government action — most especially when it comes to threats against families — can have the direst outcomes when a man (rightly or wrongly) perceives that he is cornered and helpless.
And something else the government — in this case the German, but it could be any government — should note is that they got off lightly. Our late friend happened to shoot his own family on this occasion; but he could just as easily have shot the government agents first when they showed up to take his kids away, and then turned the gun on his family.
Perhaps he should have,