As the DailySkew reported the last time a teen opened fire in a crowded place, this is a symptom of our society. Until the Powers that Be reform our mental health care system, until every citizen stops putting blinders on and starts caring about other people besides their own families, this will continue to happen. And once again, the MEDIA loves to spin this story as- it happened at the MALL, during Christmas shopping: IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!
Here are some highlights from the comments thread- it all applies to this:
“Are you saying that if his professors had not been practicing L.M.E., one of them would’ve personally stepped in and showed the boy the love and support he needs?
And, by the way, he was just a boy — he looks so young in those pictures.
I remember being that young, always trying to look tough in photos … I had a great support structure at college, that helped me keep my perspective, when I was in my late teens/early 20′s — friends, family, and church activities.”
“In general, I hate it when the MEDIA comes on and says, “The people are thinking this, feeling that,” when they don’t know.”
“I am saying professors, classmates, and therapists practiced L.M.E. (the coin termed by us: “Lazy Man Ethics”). The boy was just like we were- struggling with identity, authority, loneliness, and anger. When there is no structure and support, teens can get lost in depression, with no anchor. Their only way of expression is via creative writing.
Any authority figure who dealt with him, should taken his feelings as being 100% serious, and taken care of him the right way.”
“Bottom line is death happens every day. Just because [the victims were MALL SHOPPERS] does not mean that they had a bright future. “
“The plain as day truth is that this young man got caught up in a situation where he saw no way out. I put the blame on the MEDIA. We live in a society, today, where violence is put upon an alter and awed. Whether it be WWE wrestling to Prize Fighting to the War in Iraq, our culture LOVES violence. So much that we are desensitized to its malevolent face.
Ask yourself why is it that the Statue of David’s crotch is now BLURRED out on TV, but the image of a man being shot in the head is allowed.
Ask yourself why Nudity is replusive on TV but only if its about African tribes or South American Indians. Are they less than human…animals that CAN be shown naked?
Ask yourself if there weren’t days in your life where you wanted to go berserk and level the person who wronged YOU.
Then tell me if [insert shooter's name] is guilty or not.
Cast that first stone.”
“Sounds like he was paranoid schizophrenic with a Jesus complex, but we may never know the truth.”
“to truly have a better chance at deterring an
angry youth or a terrorist for that matter-you have to
understand him,his motives and reasons for his
thoughts and actions.it may be tough and time
consuming by going with the proactive stance,but in
the long run a little love,guidance and friendship
will have a better success rate.if society doesnt want
tragedies,they have to stop it before it becomes