I hope you are monitoring HotAir.com today. Talk about a goldmine of comments.
Their big conspiracies: He came from anti-American South Korea and had “Ismail Ax” written on his arm, which means he’s a Jihadist. He also was an English major, which means we must have been a Marxist. Also, that kid with the cellphone video was a Saudi. Coincidence?
It’s just a crazy fucker with weapons. It’s hard to get your mind around precisely because it HAS no meaning. It’s an aberation. I’ll make 2 quick points.
First, there is a major loophole in the societal deterrent to mass murder. After you kill your first victim, there is no additional sanction, no greater punishment that can serve as a check on your further actions. After this guy killed the people in the dorm, he knew he was all done. He knew he would most likely take his own life rather than accept the consequences for the killing. But either way, there was nothing left with which society could up the ante and cause the killer to think “well, it’s going to be better for me if I just stop now”.
Now, that said, most mass killers or spree killers like this stop before they are stopped. Killing is emotionally very draining, and even in cases like Columbine the killers just burn out their rage and have nothing behind it to sustain their lethality. So in most cases, the number of victims is constrained by the sudden leaden sense of numbness, the emptiness in your soul, the feeling, despite how you started, that you just don’t want to kill any more.
Whitman, Huberty and this guy are the three I can think of that didn’t stop, that somehow managed to continue to kill right up until the end. What does that mean? Three guys, about twenty years apart? If anything, it means that these badly defective individuals are very rare, and for the rest of us, I guess, that can be a comfort…
Did anyone catch Tim Kane’s speech to assembled VTers on NPR? It sounded like a campaign speech to me. Maybe I’m missing something in VIrginian culture that says it’s appropriate, but he made the president seem socially gifted.
[...] Continuing the rant… Filed under: Politics — freshlysqueezedcynic @ 10:34 am Okay, that was just something I had to get off my chest (and my drafts). Anger fuels the writing process no end, especially when you’ve got a target to hit, and in this case it’s the Virginia Tech shootings, which have, in the immortal words of BradÂ R. atÂ Sadly, No!, brought people of every race, creed and religion along toÂ join togetherÂ to say:Â ”The senseless massacre at Virginia Tech basically confirms everything Iâ€™ve been saying all along.” [...]