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Apr 22, 2007

Mass Killings

By Jim Fryar

Just what prompts the lunatic fringe to carry out the sort of atrocity we have seen at Virginia Tech?

If the perpetrator is to be believed, it was because the victims made him do it. ”You made me do it.” This is the sort of shit we hear from the leftist, nanny state excuse seekers, who follow the concept of “Society is to blame, not I”. It’s like “ Nobody likes me, there must be something wrong with them”, or “What ever I fail at, what ever I don’t like, its someone else’s fault”.

If we are to live in a free society, one of the downsides is the fact that we have to consider our actions, and the way we relate to people, follow through if appropriate, but always accept personal responsibility for what goes wrong. Those who don’t do so will rarely succeed, as they do not have the acceptance of responsibility, to allow them to correct errors and go on, after all, “it’s not my fault”, therefore there is nothing to correct. This is taking the easy way out, the guaranteed failure way.

We don’t live in a world of contrary gods, who amuse themselves at our expense, if things don’t go our way; it is usually something to do with ourselves. If we are unable to get along with the people around us, perhaps we have the wrong attitude, or they simply have different interests to ours, in which case, we need to find another group more compatible with us, or develop an interest in whatever they are into.

Intolerance, and blame will solve nothing.

On odd occasions, factors beyond our control can get in the way, but plans should allow for the unpredictability of things like weather, traffic, consumer sentiment, etc. We can usually work out the factors affecting a plan, the ones that we can’t be 100% sure will be with us, and allow for those.

One of the few things that can’t be predicted is the stroke of the legislator’s pen, the change of government policy that will change the whole business or social environment, at short notice. The only reason this can happen where lawful activities, - that is acts which harm no one else, are involved is that we are over governed.

Unfortunately, the solution that the public tend to look for in the case of shootings, is to give the state the power it is aching for, that is, the power to disarm the law abiding public. The reason I say the law abiding public is that the others will ignore such laws, as will much of the normally law abiding, thus becoming criminals themselves.

Criminals will always access firearms, law or no law; respect for the law is not a big thing in the criminal community.

The only defence against this is the armed citizen who will act in these situations. As crimes are usually committed in the absence of police, they probably wont be there.

It is noticeable that mass killings occur in places where the perpetrator can be sure there will be no resistance, schools, and workplaces, etc. It seems to be some sort of idiosyncrasy that while they seem to have a death wish, they only seem to take on the defenceless.

Where people with the power to make rulings, decide that the persons in the areas they control should not have defensive weapons, they should have a personal duty of care to protect them.


  1. I can't help but think if only one person even had a can of MACE things would have been different.

    I also think that had the gunman walked into a cadre of cadets studying military science, the outcome would have been more positive.

    It's not only the shackling of our rights at work here, it's something Kim DuToit calls "The Pussification of America", an essay written in 2003 and reprinted by permission on my site, The Catskill Commentator

    Good blog here -- will be checking in daily.

    Roger Thornhill
    The Catskill Commentator
    The Fifth Column of the Fourth Estate

  2. Thank you, and welcome.

    I feel the same, although I was thinking of a gun, but yes, non-lethal force is good.

    I had the same feeling of shock when the Port Arthur massacre (35 killed, 25 wounded) was announced. Australia has never been a gun carrying sort of place, its not something we do, unless we are hunting or something like that.

    It still seems incredible that in a tourist spot, with hundreds of people around, there was not a legal gun, (or illegal) in the hands of someone who would stop it. I mean, not even a security guard.

    Lethal or non-lethal force would have made a big difference in both cases. It may not have prevented them, but could have reduced the death toll.

    The possibility of such resistance may in fact have prevented it happening, as the perpetrators, while appearing to have a death wish are too cowardly to seek out possibly armed people.

    Really, I don’t understand why they can’t just shoot themselves first.