When nobody got shot last week by the pool in McKinney, Texas, why do people say they are thankful? Figure of speech?
The faces of those who said "thankful" showed shock, fear, relief and love of life.
But not losing or maiming an innocent life is not a favor that deserves thanks.
I am timidly thankful that the pool party began enjoyably. And deeply hopeful that the emotions of those present will eventually heal enough to perhaps enjoy a complete pool party in the future.
My gratitude goes to the friends who tried to intervene and even to the officers that stopped the wanton monster with the gun. And most thankful that the brutal psychopath will never again be enabled by a police uniform.