“Do you have a driver’s license sir?”
And now we have Lafayette, Louisiana – after Isla Vista, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown and Charleston. Bet you don’t even remember the details of those incidents do you?
They’re tough to sort out in memory; after all there are so many of them we can’t be expected to remember all of the details.
This year, during the first 206 days there have been 206 mass shooting incidents – incidents in which 4 or more people have been shot , That’s one a day.
Hell, most of these shooting only make the local news. And besides who cares? Didn’t affect me or mine.
The number of Americans lost to “terrorists” since 9/11? Less than 100. The number of Americans lost to gun violence? Tens of thousands.
This time, our killer bought a ticket to a movie, went in, sat down by himself and about 20 minutes into the show stood up, shot the two people sitting in front of him, killing two women and then began randomly firing about, wounding nine others.
He is now described as an “angry provocateur” with a checkered past. “Since the early ’90s, he had built a reputation as an oddball. It was then that he regularly appeared on a local television show, appearing opposite a Democrat as a radical Republican railing against women in the workplace and calling for violence against abortion providers.” The moderator of the show stated “As many times as I’ve had him on, it was obvious he had a screw loose”.
Ratings matter – just keep having him on. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!!”. Life imitating art.
He had a dark side that went way beyond talk. In 1989, court records say, he was accused of hiring someone to burn down a Columbus lawyer’s law office. His wife and other relatives filed papers accusing him of domestic violence in 2008. They got restraining orders. His wife removed all guns from the home and from the homes of his children.
He owned a bar but lost his liquor license for 5 convictions of serving alcohol to minors and as a protest he hung a swastika flag. Although not Greek, he apparently posted regularly at the New York website of New Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party. Last January, he wrote on one online forum: “Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism.”
He was on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“He was a little odd. He was pretty even-keeled until you disagreed with him or made him mad. Then he became your sworn enemy,” His family had a restraining order against him.
He flew a large Confederate flag on a flagpole outside his house for a time, said a neighbor but later replaced it with a smaller rebel battle flag.
About seven years ago, the same neighbor said he put a “doomsday-type” flier in neighbors’ mailboxes warning that a global economic collapse was about to occur and everyone should pool their resources and work together.
“Police characterized him after the shooting as a drifter who hadn’t spent much time in Lafayette. (Living mostly in Alabama) He had been living at least briefly out of a Motel 6; investigators found wigs and disguises in that room and said he tried to blend in with the fleeing crowd to escape the theater before running back inside when he saw officers in front of him. As police made their way in, they heard a single gunshot. he lay dead when they entered.”
Our Lafayette killer, with an extensive criminal record going back two decades in Georgia and Alabama, did not need a permit to purchase a .40 caliber hand gun in Louisiana; he only needed a driver’s license. Louisiana has the weakest gun control laws in America. He had been turned down in 2006 for a concealed weapons permit in Alabama because of his criminal record.
So what do our killers at Isla Vista, Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Charleston and now Lafayette have in common?
Well first of all none of them were “terrorists”. All of them, except our latest were young “loners”; our Lafayette killer wasn’t young but fits the profile. He and the others were angry at society in general.
At Charleston, our young man thought black men were taking over and “raping our women”. He was concerned and felt he needed to “do something” to help make our society a better place.
At Isla Vista, six young people, between 19 and 22 years old, were gunned down by a young man who had absolutely no problem buying three semi-automatic hand guns and 400 rounds of ammo.
The killer’s 141 page “manifesto” reveals a monumental sense of entitlement, an obsession with clothes and “looking good”, being accepted by the “cool kids”, playing World of Warcraft and getting a “hot” blond girlfriend for sex. He never got one. He began to rage on Youtube about how those “blond bitches” threw themselves at “jerks” and not at him. He began to buy guns.
He was the well off son of the media; his father a Director of “The Hunger Games”. His mother also works in the industry. His step-mother appears in the French version of “Housewives”. I guess he felt entitled and wasn’t getting all that was due him.
Remember Aurora? Yes, I know. Who can remember all the details.
Aurora was after Columbine and Virginia Tech, before Newtown, Isla Vista and Charleston. That too was life imitating art – a “brilliant neuro-scientist” dressing up like the Joker. The Columbine and Newtown killers all dressed in black – ninja style.
Watching too many videos.
The media will quickly get into their hot tragedy cycle interviewing the crying teens, local police, neighbors and of course the “expert” profilers. I’m so tired of that Van Zant guy.
Soon we will see the funerals, kids marching with candles, make shift memorials, therapists with tables set up in for those needing “someone to talk to” and help “getting through this”
Then will come the talk of “healing” and “moving on”. As is usually the case the vast majority of those professing to need help and support will know no one who was hurt, lost no one; but they will need help anyway. Perhaps they just have trouble handling the fact that this could happen in “their town” – the nice, suburban, town where they live in nice houses with nice lawns. Maybe it’s kind of like guys who wear military combat decorations they never earned. Maybe it’s a way to feel connected without really being connected. Too many don’t feel a connection or empathy for anyone.
The media will search for “reasons”. There has to be a reason.
Well the most obvious is the easy availability of guns. The Aurora young man had no trouble at all buying four guns at local gun stores and chemical weapons, full body armor, a gas mask and some six thousand rounds of ammunition over the internet. He had it all shipped directly to his school dorm and to his apartment – over 60 deliveries by UPS alone. Fifteen thousand dollar’s worth of shit.
Did anyone ever ask why this kid, who wasn’t a cop or in the military needed full body armor?
Naah. This is a free country. And there’s money to be made. Our current killer, with a long criminal record, who had been turned down in Alabama, legally bought his gun in Louisiana. “You have a driver’s license sir?. Fine! Here you go!”
The Governor of Louisiana doesn’t think this is the time to talk about gun control.
And then there is the over-riding issue of our culture. What is it about America that produces unstable people who kill innocents they don’t even know and yet are not legally insane? Our Aurora killer, who dyed his hair red and dressed like the Joker before his killing spree was just found guilty of murder; his insanity plea rejected by the Jury in a few hours of deliberation. He knew what he was doing and planned it meticulously. Therefore he is legally sane.
Yet I don’t think there is any doubt that these killers were mentally ill and unstable.
Our Lafayette killer and the killers before him at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, NewTown and Charleston are the symptoms of our societal illness. Far too many of our people feel isolated, lonely, disconnected, unsuccessful, unfulfilled. Carrying “grudges”, they lash out at the society they blame for their shortcomings – usually after writing rambling manifestos or making their views known to anyone who will listen – like the New Dawn Neo-Nazi party website.
When no one listens – after all they are “losers” and loners, “weirdos” to be ignored or ridiculed, they exercise their god given NRA right to turn their guns on two women sitting in a movie theater.
“Now they’ll listen!” No. We won’t,
This is the “exceptional” society in which we live. We hear the cries of no one. We see the loneliness of no one. Most of us do not know nor care to know our neighbors living three houses away. It’s our dog eat dog, every man for himself country. We judge our communities by the quality of the lawns.
We don’t give a rat’s ass if people are hungry, children die of malnutrition, veterans are living in our streets, most of the homeless are schizophrenic, that people die because of a lack of health care, physical and mental or that we have spent a decade waging unjustified war against a couple of third world nations and have killed millions of Iraqis and Afghans. Not to mention what we do elsewhere.
Do they think we give a shit about some lonelyweirdos jacking off to porn in their basements or a guy who flies a Nazi flag? These killers are our sons; the native sons of twenty first century America, growing up in a culture that teaches us that real American men have no humanity.
Let hm buy guns. This is America. And not one damn pol will talk about controlling who buys a gun. They just continue the bullshit about “healing”. Our pols will wring their hands at the “tragedy”; “What can we do?”.
They will do nothing.
And finally we have two recent mass murders by persons infected with extreme right wing hysteria – at Charleston and now Lafayette. If anyone denies that there are real Nazi / Fascists in our midst, let them look again. I don’t see any socialist commies killing anyone after publishing their manifestos recently. This is how political terror starts; one need only read of Weimar to see what a hand full of malcontents can do. And for these developments we can thank the Republicans and Fox News.
We’re gonna need metal detectors to go to the movies. Stay home in your basement and watch on Netflix.
P.S.- Meanwhile it was reported today that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning to picket the funerals, demonstrating against gays; this is what we have grown in America. Twenty first century nut jobs.