Today in Pointless Gun Deaths, Where’s Your God Now?!?!?!?1?! Edition

by evanmcmurry

I missed this one, but it has everything a pointless American gun death could want: an AR-15, an argument that would have ended in a fistfight at worst were it not for the ownership of an AR-15, video games, drugs, and GOD:

An Oakland man enraged by a friend’s attempt to disprove the existence of God reportedly retrieved his AR-15 assault rifle and fired several shots at the man, killing him instantly.

[snip] Yim, Phan, and a third friend, Paul Park, were drinking, smoking marijuana, and playing video game in Yim’s house in the early morning hours of April 2, 2011, when the ontological argument erupted.

[snip] According to Park, Phan had been teasing Yim about his religion, asking him where his God was every time he won the game they were playing.

Eventually, the debate escalated to name calling and Phan angered Yim by asking him where his God was when Yim’s father died of a stroke.

And the heartbreaking, perfect detail, straight out of a Benjamin Percy story or something:

A bullet also struck Park’s finger as he raised his hand to stop the shooting.

I like to think of that finger as the one he raised every time he made a point. More:

a) This guy totally needed an AR-15.

b) At least they weren’t arguing about Kant (or were they?!?)

c) This seems like an all-time refutation of my least favorite argument against atheism, namely that a belief in god, or more specifically a deity-ordained moral system, is all that keeps us secular beasts from murdering each other. Apparently the pious need background checks, too.