American mass murderers, mass shootists like Adam Lanza, are the new breed of Jihadists. American shooters never used to shoot themselves, but now they’ve become suicidal shooters, like the Muslims jihadist mass murderers. Perhaps the ubiquity of Muslim jihadists, via their expansive demographics and especially due to intense media coverage, the mentally unsure in Western cultures are drawn to the drama of mass murder and suicide simply as a quick fix for personal insignificance and depression. The mass murderer wants to do something significant, but, now due the suicidal flair, or the martyrdom craze, the American mass shooters are shooting themselves.
Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Shooter.
Of course, it all has nothing to do with guns or explosives, really. That is a false, superficial, sophomoric, specious association. That’s like saying automobiles kill. Or cell phones kill. Never mind abortion, or alcohol, or tobacco, all these willful indulgences. And never mind the fact that good guys with guns (police or citizens) can prevent mass murders, as in the case of the Oregon mall shooter, and the even less noted Oklahoma case of prevention. Criminals will always have guns. The best we can do is to try to defend ourselves. (Police are not here to defend or to protect, but only to apprehend the criminal after he has committed his crime.)
Speaking of masses, mass media coverage of the personal lives of victims is a most curious warp in cultural custom these days. Is national, even global attention, actually comforting to the victims? I wonder. The world offers victims immediate fame as compensation for pain? Is media become medicine, or therapy? Mass gossip, mass sacrifice of all privacy–is this the reward of suffering? Are people so very duped by the narcissistic idolatry of media that they naturally respond to instant fame, without even thinking of its effects? Do they think it is their duty to expose themselves, to share their pain?
Is society then the perpetual and willing victim of media?
Mass media has become the mass hug, the massive group hug. The press justifies its perverted existence as never before. The mass hug is instant righteousness for the media. They function like priests taking mass confessions from an exceedingly immature population which has come to believe fame cures all ills. Public exposure heals all wounds. This is the greatest distortion ever evolved in media. It is one of the weirdest warps of our time. Truly, media coverage of tragedy, of human suffering, is the exoneration of the media’s blood lust. It is the irresistible lure of human suffering. The worse the better. Such “story lust” is the propitiation of all media sins. Lamentation is the liberals’ elixir of evil.
Throwing the word “evil” around like the ultimate power word is the trend now. “Evil,” they call the Sandy Hook shooting. But is the mass murder of children such a surprise? What is abortion all about? Why doesn’t the media cover the “victims” of abortion–including the mothers, with such intense drama? (The only difference is abortion is a kind of one-on-one act, not one on many, as mass murder.) There were 1,200,000 abortions reported in the United States last year. Why is this kind of mass murder without media rebuke? How can the president (Barry Soetoro) lament the murder of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary and pronounce pregnancy as punishment, and advocate not only for abortion, but for the bloody murder of any child surviving abortion? What exactly are we going to call evil? And who is kidding whom? Sandy Hook has become the ultimate confusion, if not usurpation of words. “Evil” is indeed one of the most powerful words in the language. Democrat Communists have now obfuscated even that word, as well as God, faith, religion, and all other words associated with the dearest sentiments in the human heart. Democrats substitute words like “spontaneity” for the cruelties of planned chaos.
Nancy Pelosi, praising the “spontaneity” of the Wall Street protesters. Like the Susan Rice spin on the murderous Benghazi attack, spontaneity is the Democrat double-speak for irresponsibility.
James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado shooter, tried to commit suicide four months later, in jail.
National sympathy for victims has become a kind of national atonement for national apathy over our national sins. But this national sympathy, easily whipped up to an emotional rampage by media, is completely contaminated by the guilty national conscience, and all confused with verbal ambiguity, with loss of meaning, and some desperate craving for significance. Adlerian psychologist Donald Lombardi said that perverted, sociopathic behavior is nothing more than a cry for attention, for significance, for some kind of approval otherwise absent in the sociopath’s sense of person. (The Search for Significance, 1975). So, in the national participation in liberal lamentation, the individual citizen can sense some gigantic soothing of social conscience. The media is irreligious by nature, and the voice of pastors and rabbis will never find an influential place in national media–at least not until it is far too late for national remedy. So the next best response is media glorification of grief, human sorrow, and outrage. And, in pure self-righteous liberalism, lamentation rates higher than outrage. Outrage is impressive among men, but tears are the ticket to heaven.
Jacob Tyler Roberts, a non-white breed (adopted?), the Clackamas, Oregon mall shooter.
And so we are awash with a tragedy at Christmas time. Should we also remember that King Herod ordered the massacre of all children under two years of age, in the town of Bethlehem? The slaughter of innocents is not a new thing in this “evil” world. I think the undeniable evil in our present society is the fact that mass abortion is not identified as evil by the liberal Democrat Communist media. Thus, the chickens come home to roost, as it were. Liberal media provides murderous entertainment every minute of the day, every day. Our culture seems to thrive on violence. Lamentation is somewhat inane at this point.
Shall human sorrow be made entertainment? That’s what media does with it.
Do we want violence or not? Do we want mass murder or not? That our behavior indicates uncertainty in these things is perhaps the greatest revelation of evil in all humanity.
One more sick twist: a Mexican (or Latino) Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove apparently fired more than 50 rounds from a handgun in the mall parking lot in Newport Beach. No one was killed, but he wasn’t aiming at anyone. He got his thrills by just shooting in a public place. Is this a new remedy, or just another kind of perverted auto-eroticism?