In the popular 90s comedy, My Cousin Vinny, Joe’s Pesci’s character, Vinny Gambini and his fiancé, Mona Lisa Vito, played by Marisa Tomei, get into an argument in their motel room. Vinny is planning a hunting trip for the next day with the prosecutor of the case and wonders aloud about which pants he should wear. Mona Lisa, after expressing her disgust for the trip by locking herself in the bathroom, emerges and tells Vinny the following story:

“Imagine you’re a deer. You’re prancing around. You get thirsty. You spot a little brook. You put your little deer lips down to the cool, clear water – BAM. A fin’ bullet rips off part of your head. Your brains are lying on the ground in little bloody pieces. Now I ask you, do you give a f what kind of pants the son-of-a-b*tch who shot you was wearing?”

The July 4th long weekend turned tragic for some in Philadelphia when a 40 year old man turned his neighborhood into a killing field that left at least 4 dead and others wounded. Almost as quickly as human lives were extinguished, extremists from both ends of the spectrum raced to blame the shooting on “the other side’s” political leanings.

To the right-wing extremists, the shooter was a transgender, BLM supporting left-wing maniac.

To the left-wing extremists, all that mattered was that he was promoting Trump and pledging his support for the 2024 election.

On his now deleted Facebook page, the shooter did post about supporting BLM — once. Not regularly, as some reports claimed. He did post a few pictures of him dressed in women’s clothing and with some long braids. But there was nothing else that suggested the shooter lived as a transgender.

And yes, the shooter did post a meme with a message that was in support of the Trump candidacy.

What is known is that when he went on his murderous rampage, the shooter wasn’t wearing a MAGA cap, was dressed as a male, and apparently black lives didn’t matter much as there were black victims of his gunfire.

What little else we know comes from the Philadelphia police.

“On what was supposed to be a beautiful summer evening, this armed and armored individual wreaked havoc, firing with a rifle at their victims seemingly at random,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Tuesday afternoon. Police say the shooter acted alone, and they have found no motive for the attack so far.

While politically motivated and agenized extremists scour everything for some “gotcha” evidence that the shooter in Philadelphia was a prime example of what is wrong with “the other side’s” politics, 4 very real people lay dead and others suffer from injuries.

And it is doubtful those dead people care at all at what kind of pants the killer was wearing.

We have a gun violence problem in America. We don’t have a crisis of people disagreeing on politics. We, as a democracy and republic will always have people disagreeing on political issues. Furthermore, the people at the extremes in every time period of America’s history really hated each other and almost never would miss an opportunity to badmouth, insult, and blame the other side for whatever issues were prevalent in the nation at that time.

That is not to say that all sides should get equal credence on every issue or that facts don’t matter. But this or any shooter’s personal life and the details of that life will always vary. Perhaps we will find some common threads when examining all of the killers. But one thing all of them have in common is an almost unfettered access to weapons and other tools of war.

Some will have various political stances. They will have different views on various religions. Heck, I’m betting some of them root for different sports teams, or don’t follow sports at all. Down the line, it is a safe bet their tastes in food, music, and everything else will vary.

Yes, sometimes there may be more shooters who prefer a certain political leaning or religious affiliation. But they will always vary. Again, the one thing they all have in common is easy access to the weapons and tools of war.

Maybe we should concentrate on that and not what kind of pants they were wearing.

Check out the scene referenced at the top of the article from My Cousin Vinny below …