The two recent mass shootings were by an extreme environmentalist and an extreme socialist. Not sure most of the media has made this clear. https://t.co/UPH7cN4x2Q pic.twitter.com/MhvSmKwSP3
— Matt Ridley (@mattwridley) August 8, 2019
Two demonic individuals (“‘Their screams music, their pain my pleasure.’ Dayton shooter’s demonic notebook scrawls reveal he fantasized about massacres, ‘hunting’ for humans, craved marijuana and speed, called himself a sociopath and hailed Lucifer“), representatives from the extremes of our daily politics, in a pattern now common, murdered strangers last weekend. It has been observed that among the possessed serial killing is out, and random fusillades are in, the former not being as scary as they used to be. Since everybody goes to acreage stores, one might meet one’s end at the same time as purchasing a seven gallon plastic container of ketchup.
Now there has to be reasons for these murders. One reason is that the threat of punishment, here and in the afterlife, has largely been removed. If the worst that’s going to happen to you is you go from being an obscure nobody to a celebrity with a twenty-year stretch and a string of TV interviews and wedding proposals from emancipated women, well, why not blaze away? Indeed, it seems the Ohio murderer was thinking along these lines.
It is not a coincidence suicide rates follow the rise of random multiple murders. It’s just that some people are politer than others.
There are a number of idiocies arising from the increase in murders, some of which we’ll highlight below.
Item Recent mass shootings in the U.S.: A timeline
It was Latin night at Pulse, a gay dance spot in Orlando, when Omar Mateen, 29, entered the nightclub with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and launched an attack that left 49 people dead and 58 injured. At one point, Mateen took 30 clubgoers as hostages. Just after 5 a.m., a local SWAT team moved in and opened a hole in a wall with an armored vehicle; less than an hour later, Mateen was dead. Among the motives attributed to Mateen were racism and homophobia.
This very typical media response is brilliant propaganda! It is 100% true that among the motives attributed to Mateen were racism and homophobia (a mental illness). Just as it 100% true, but here unreported, that his actual motives had nothing to do with either.
The media has made it appear that homophobia is a killer, but if you called them on it, they could shrug ans say, “I’m only reporting what people said.”
This is why if a meteor strikes a journalist convention there will be only cheering.
Another sly propaganda technique is also on display. It is intimated this list it complete. But, indeed, it is only a partial list. It leaves out the Ohio murders, the motive of which is not seen as press worthy. It also leaves out other murders, mostly those with black shooters in what might charitably be called non-random murderers. Here is a picture (also topping today’s post) of those with causality counts of four or more in recent incidents of mayhem in 2019. This picture is an under-estimate for the entire year, since we’re only in August.
However, few will read an obscure blog on the fringes of the internet. The Los Angeles Times wins the contest and controls the narrative, simply by being in power. They are thus able to use this list to help create the idea that “white supremacists” are surging and responsible for most murders.
Yet, of course, so-called “white supremacy” is yet another media invention.
Item A Reformed White Nationalist Says the Worst Is Yet to Come
It’s going to get worse.
That’s the warning of a former violent extremist, Christian Picciolini, who joined a neo-Nazi movement 30 years ago and now tries to get people out of them. White-supremacist terrorists—the ones who have left dozens dead in attacks in Pittsburgh, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, in recent months—aren’t just trying to outdo one another, he told us. They’re trying to outdo Timothy McVeigh, the anti-government terrorist who blew up an Oklahoma City federal building and killed more than 100 people in 1995—the worst terrorist attack in the United States before September 11, 2001….
“I have to ask myself, Do we have white-nationalist airline pilots?” Picciolini said.
This is the Atlantic, and it goes on and on and on. Notice here, right at the beginning, they also forgot—somehow—to include the Dayton and other shootings.
Item ‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress
Congressional Republicans, under intense pressure to respond to this weekend’s massacres, are coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger — a measure that, if signed into law, would be the most significant gun control legislation enacted in 20 years.
We saw earlier that “red flag” laws are asinine. “What’s that? You don’t swear allegiance to the LGBT community? Why, that’s a red flag.”
Now we have Andrew Cuomo calling for a federal “metal health” database. Just as predicted.
The aspect of government increasing its squeeze has been covered. More curious is the attitude of citizens backing these laws. Removing guns from citizens and leaving them only in the hands of government employees means, of course, that when anything happens, the only protection is from the government. “Sit and wait for the government to respond, just like they told us in the active shooter training, Jane.”
Gun confiscation is thus yet another indication of our increasing effeminacy.
Item Blink blink blink.
Good God. Chilling. @FrankFigliuzzi1 pic.twitter.com/YKJu8E2YmO
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) August 6, 2019
Did he blink out “Satan Rules” in Morse code?
Of course, some do use the number “1488” as a kind of Hitlerian joke, and they use it as a Hitler joke because Hitler jokes are best calculated to send the normies into a tizzy, for normies can imagine no greater evil than old Adolph, thus proving propaganda works. Herr Achtundachtzig had a fair-sized body count, but he didn’t even win a medal in the Twentieth Century Bloodbath Olympics. Perhaps not for the lack of effort, but rules are rules.
The best response to this is in comments: “8 + 8 = 16. There are 16 letters in ‘White Supremacist’. Dear God…He’s Right!!”
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“Since everybody goes to acreage stores, one might meet one’s end at the same time as purchasing a seven gallon plastic container of ketchup.”
I order online and have the package delivered to my doorstep in the pouring rain so it’s soaked. My merchandise is wet, but I’m safely at home.
(I have a porch with an unlocked door, but you have to hire people smart enough to use a door latch to deliver packages….)
Unfortunately, Red Flag laws are coming because the progressives demanded the insane be allowed to roam about freely. Maybe it is releasing the insane for a political end (the original being to create third-world garbage cities in blue zones) of gun control, I don’t know. But do you really want the schizophrenic next door owning 6 guns and thinking your grandkid out playingin your back yard is Satan and taking what the insane person believes to be appropriate action? We have four options: Lock the crazy people up, let crazy people be “taken out” when they appear threatening, red flag laws or living next to highly armed people who are hallucinating daily. The first three options ALL fall victim to the argument about slippery slope, so I guess we need bullet-proof homes and vests and to live like we’re in a war zone. Actually, there’s a fifth option—learn to deal with reality and stop with the hysterics, but that has a much a chance of success as a Tesla backup battery….
A red-flag law that would allow only the police to petition a judge to grant them search and seizure authority under the same process and conditions as warrants are granted now, might be acceptable, even if it slides a bit down the slope always waiting to whisk freedom away. The difference, of course, is where does thought-crime (mental illness) become real crime. The police and the judge would need real self-control and incentives with teeth to resist the zeal of doing their job excessively to the point of damaging the innocent. And how do we evaluate if such a law really is effective and worth the cost?
In place of “judge,” we should substitute “government agent.”
So a government agent would have to have self-control to override the opinion of another government agent. The problem with the use of “judge” is the word implies someone who decides based on an objective standard — we’ll call that justice. However, if the government employee is anti-gun, his or her decisions in red flag cases will likely reflect that bias.
If justice was truly objective in the judicial system, court opinions would not (typically) be decided on political (left/right or liberal/conservative) lines.
So I think it is way too optimistic to assume the courts will be anything other than political.
When bureaucrats are given more power you can be certain they will abuse it.
As a statistician, I am wondering if you have ever looked at the occurance of this sort of event over the last, say, 20 years? As we approach and election, there seems to be just such a series of emotional events surfacing. Add to that the shooting statistics from Chicago over the same week/weekend (which were never aired) one need not wonder about the “propaganda” we get in huge doses. Just saying!
Exring – yes, indeed.
As an engineer, I live a Pareto chart existence, and that outlook spills over into the rest of my life. If I was tasked with reducing death from unnatural causes, mass killings would be way down the list. So why do these events garner so much attention?
I used to think that it was because of the number fatalities from a single event, like an airplane crash. But there are so many counter-examples, going both ways, that there must be other explanations.
Humans are wired to most closely pay close attention to the fate of others when they can relate. I don’t frequent dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago, so the carnage there is low impact for me. I suspect that Black Lives Matter has actually increased deaths, by diverting attention and demoralizing police, but it makes people feel better.
But on the topic at hand, from the manifestos, the thing that jumps out at me is not mental illness, but rather mental weakness, a very poor grasp of cause and effect. Combined with the required lack of conscience, of course. But this lack of conscience is present in 2% to 4% of the population, and many people in this group are very successful in life, the last people you tend to see as mentally ill.
Judging by the manifestos, the most potent enabler of mass killers is not the second amendment, but the first. The first amendment deceives people into thinking that they have a right to be heard, that their opinions matter. Clearly the first amendment has to go. It is an archaic concept that is no longer relevant in our evolved society.