Spa Shooting in Atlanta Committed by Sex “Addict”

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Gold Spa after the shooting

Mackenzie Tharp, Staff Writer

On March 16, 2021, Robert Long had purchased a gun and drove to three different Asian spas in the Atlanta area where he proceeded to shoot 9 people, causing 8 fatalities.  After police brought him into custody, he told authorities that the spas he went to were “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”  According to the Washington Post, he was obsessed with sex and would watch hours and hours of porn online.  Long would go to spas where customers would purchase “massages with happy endings”.  Police say Long was on his way to Florida to continue his massacre when authorities arrested him on Interstate 75.     

 

Robert Long’s sex addiction brought along lots of guilt as we has deeply religious and attended Crabapple First Baptist Church of Milton.  According to religionnews.com, David French portrays an “elaborate set of extra-biblical rituals and teachings that became popular in the 1990s and were designed to build safeguards and ‘strongholds’ of sexual purity in Christian communities.” These embody a “toxic theology” that teaches that Christians are “defined forever by their sin.”  The church announced that they “started the process of church discipline to remove [Long] from membership since we can no longer affirm that he is truly a regenerate believer in Jesus Christ.” 

 

His background in Christianity may have contributed to Long committing such an awful murder. What is clear is that because of such lax gun laws in the United States, Long was able to commit such a heinous hate crime.  This is but one of two mass shootings that occurred in the span of one week, another being in Boulder on March 22, 2021. In the case with Long, had authorities not intervened sooner, Long would have continued to commit more shootings. 

Long remains in custody awaiting trial.

 

Gold Spa after the shooting