37-year-old Joshua Cummings converted to Islam and murdered an innocent security guard who was also a popular former pastor. It was on January 30 that Cummings shot Scott Van Lanken in the head with a handgun.
The reason for this heinous crime is appalling. Sickeningly, Cummings admit his reason for doing this was to bring pleasure to Allah. When your god tells you to murder an innocent man, in cold blood, knowing that you’ll likely spend the rest of your life in prison or be executed, then it’s time to find a new god. If Allah was good to you, then it wouldn’t tell you to do something that would put you in a cell or face lethal injection.
Joshua Cummings, 37, has been charged with the Jan. 30 murder of Scott Von Lanken, a security guard for Denver’s Regional Transportation District. Police who rushed to the scene of the murder discovered Von Lanken shot through the head, and soon after found Cummings hiding on the terrace of an apartment building. He was armed with a handgun that matched the caliber of the shooting, according to investigators.
While refusing to admit he murdered the victim, Cummings did describe his motive. “On the night in question, what I did do, I didn’t do that for the Islamic State. I did that purely and solely for the pleasure of Allah,” Cummings told CBS4.
“I give my bay’ah [loyalty oath] to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and I am committed to being a soldier for the Islamic State,” Cummings told CBS4.
Authorities state the motive is unclear, but I think the motive is actually quite clear. Cummings was brainwashed into joining ISIS and maybe this was his initiation. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe this was him acting on his own without influence from outside sources.
Regardless, it wasn’t effective. How can someone accomplish anything from behind bars? Even if he wanted to join ISIS, now he can’t because he’ll be in prison for a very long time.
By the time he gets out, he’s an old man and he won’t be too effective then either.
Such a shame. Two grown men lose their life. The murder victim lost his for no reason. The killer lost his when he commit a crime.
Now he has to do the time.
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