It wasn't OWS.
It wasn't the Tea Party
It wasn't gun laws or lack there of.
It wasn't the guns themselves.
It wasn't a tortured existence by peers or too many or not enough spankings.
It wasn't religion, or politics, or Batman.
It wasn't Fox News, or MSNBC.
It wasn't video games, magazines, or cartoons on TV.
It wasn't debt, or the banks, or the global economy.
It wasn't Obama, or Pelosi, or Romney.
It wasn't society, you, me, or the neighbors down the street.
It was the product of thoughtful insanity. It was the wanton destruction of life for publicity.
So if we're going to place blame. We might want to think real hard where it belongs. We spend so much time debating everything here that we lose sight
of what is obvious and important. I do this too, and am not above it. But sometimes all the arguing gets to me. When a tragedy happens it's important
to think of the victims and their families, and to realize that despite our best efforts and all the debate and consternation surrounding these events
that sometimes, we just can't do a damned thing about it, except pray it doesn't happen again.
Blame games HURT truth finding. I remember the Columbine massacre. Back then no one made a peep about guns because we had the AWB and this wasn't
supposed to be possible anymore. So they then switched the blame over to Marilyn Manson and "scary music" because a boogey man was needed to scare
children and parents into accepting less freedom. Then when Jared Loughner, a former member of ATS, shot Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords I remember the
media and many of the members of ATS scrambling is a disgusting and desperate bid to blame the Tea Party for the violence, and the high capacity
magazine he used in his pistol. Opportunism is the real end goal of the blame game. And I find it disgusting.
Here we are again. Another massacre, that even though it is still a statistical rarity for any society, today the blame lies on guns, gun owners, and
WTF America? WTF ATS? This kind of thinking is not critical and it is not helpful. It plays into the hands of those who wish to capitalize on such
divisions in order to further an agenda.
In the case of Eric Harris and David Klebold I blame their parents for not bothering to check on their kids, and a school system that never took them
seriously enough to help them.
In the case of Jared Loughner I blame a history of mental illness that no one wanted to face. Had that boy gotten some help, and the NICS system were
able to access mental health records, he would have never been able to commit his crime. We failed as a society to take mental health seriously and
allowed another tragedy to happen because we were focused on all the wrong things.
In this case. I blame the shooter. The shooter who, despite being very intelligent and educated, decided that whatever his will was, it took
precedence over the lives of the innocent. His meticulous planning, his conscience preparation, and his demeanor as reported are indicative of a man
who KNOWS he did something wrong, and his lack of cooperation proves that he just doesn't care. I hope they fry the bastard.
Moral of the story? Place blame where it belongs. Oversimplifying problems, and reactionary thinking is not going to solve these problems. Taking the
rights of law abiding citizens away, or chipping them down to a mere privilege is un-American, and quite frankly out of the question. There are
solutions. But blaming all the wrong things in an effort to lash out at the periphery of these problems isn't going to solve anything.
23-7-2012 by projectvxn because: (no reason given)