Bring It On!


April 16th, 2007 | by Omnipotent Poobah |

As soon as the wrenching pain of Blacksburg settles into a dull ache, there’ll be plenty of hand-wringing over the largest shooting spree in America’s history. In a national expression of grief-stricken rubbernecking we’ll discuss gun control, security procedures, and the effect of violence in our culture. There’ll probably even be a television movie and book by May.

It’s not that these discussions aren’t important. They’re a way to scrub away a bit of the muck splashed upon all of us as we realize humans - despite what we like to think - are a curious, deeply-flawed breed. Despite all our good intentions and attempts to balance the needs and rights of the few against those of the many, someone comes along who simply refuses to be, well, civilized.

Dangerously Unhinged

They might be dangerously psychotic or wound a bit too tight to cope with a marriage breakup or personal slight. Despite the fact I’m not a religious man, I’d say some are just pure evil. Shootings like the one at Virginia Tech are in a league of their own. The perpetrator wasn’t some young, stupid punk who shot a clerk while holding up a Seven-Eleven. The perpetrators of shooting sprees are dangerously unhinged.

I’ve had plenty of experience dealing with the deeply psychotic and I have news for you - you can’t stop them from doing what they’re determined to do. Gun registration might slow a young punk down because he’s not that determined anyway. If he was, he wouldn’t be out robbing Seven-Elevens for $23 and a pack of Marlboro Lights. A waiting period might cool off a cuckolded spouse, but if he crosses the line from merely scorned spouse to psychotic killer, quick access to a gun matters little.

He’s Not Just Your Bus Stop Raver

Psychotic people aren’t always like the raving homeless guy at the bus stop. Sometimes, they’re very difficult to detect. One moment they appear perfectly in control. The next, they’re behind closed doors and alone with inner monsters who start making bloody plans and videotaping bizarre farewell speeches. Shooting spree psychotics are cunning and more determined than a Baghdad suicide bomber and that lethal combination makes them virtually unstoppable.

Strict gun control - even outright gun bans - won’t slow them down. They can easily make bombs out of household chemicals or mow down people with their PT Cruiser. They’re not choosy about method, only cunning about their opportunities. You can install metal detectors and they’ll sneak in through a window. You can ban all violence on television, but they aren’t swayed a bit by it. Their inner demons are calling the shots and it doesn’t matter is the psychotic watches CSI or Sesame Street - the demons live by their rules alone.


Soon it’ll be time for the pundits to crawl onto the talk shows, each convinced their idea is the end all, be all. There’ll be more screaming than a Baghdad funeral, but the only change will be the hardening of us all as we try to escape the incessant 24×7 blather. There’ll be little real change because there is little we can really do about it.

Except talk.

Or, be confused about why humans - however damaged - can do such things.

Cross Posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

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  1. 7 Responses to “Talk…Talk…Talk”

  2. By Craig R. Harmon on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    Your comment about the dangerous ones being hard to detect until they snap put me in mind of a movie with Michael Douglass called Falling Down…just an ordinary Joe who one day takes the A-Train to La La Land.

    Apropos of nothing…just one of the connections that flit through my mind sometimes. I thought it an interesting study in the breakdown of an ordinary human being.

  3. By windspike on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    Craig’s mention of Falling Down is a good rental tip. I enjoyed the film, and found it entertaining. I wonder if I saw it again if I still would given the news of the day.

  4. By Craig R. Harmon on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply


    Thanks. Gene Shalit got nothin’ on me.

  5. By steve on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    Portugese commentator dude wants us all to watch Michael Moore’s movie. Like we haven’t learned our lesson… Who is he to talk?

  6. By Jersey McJones on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    Falling Down is one of my favorite movies ever. The sympathic bad guy, like Antigone, is somthing we all need to see sometimes in order to see how life does not happen in a vacuum and that things happen for a reason. There are tragic heros just as there are tragic villians.

    But as Craig said, it’s “apropos of nothing,” aside from an explantion. What happened in Virginia today was horrific - a landscape of Hell. What a fuckin’ world.


  7. By REB 84 on Apr 16, 2007 | Reply

    I regularily check the news during lunch and was in shock as the body count rose from 21 to 22 to 31, all in the span of a half hour. This toll is shocking and horrifying when we consider it happening on an American college campus. It really brings home what is happening on a typical weekend in too many cities in Iraq.

    Yes, psychosis is a terrible thing. May I recommend “A Clockwork Orange” for another classic study of the sociopathic mind. Could it be that for far too many people “ME” is more important than “WE.” When people think of themselves as more important than anyone else, is it too much of a stretch for the deeply selfish and twisted to take out their frustrations through random acts of violence?

    Why does it seem so many are now willing to shoot up schools in our country? I remember plenty of fights and bullying back in High School (the late 1970’s) but can not recall anyone bringing a gun or knife. What is so different about our world today?

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