Here we go again. Some nut case commits an atrocity and instead of dealing with the real reason for it, we fly off into the philosophical stratosphere and start blaming everyone else but the perpetrator!
"It's Palin's fault because she put cross hairs on Arizona." "It's O'Riley's fault because he called Democrats pinheads!" "It's Dubya's fault because everything is his fault."
These doofusses who commit such horrible crimes all have one motivation and we fall all over ourselves to grant their wish every stinking time! I'm guilty, you're guilty, the press is guilty of giving them their satisfaction before the gun smoke even blows away!
We are fascinated with every facet of their pathetic lives, we hunger and thirst to know them and everything about them, we can't wait to see what they look like, how they think, how they were raised. Frankly I'm surprised we don't question what they ate for breakfast and if their bowels are regular!
Look at the mug shot of this loon and see how happy he is to know that his dimpled face is now etched into our consciousness for ever! These losers are desperate to be known for something even if it's something horrible.
Take this test. Sit down with a pen and paper and write down the names of as many serial killers, rapists, or mass murderers as you can. I bet you can name at least five who did their thing before you were born! Do the names Bonnie and Clyde ring a bell? Now turn the paper over and write down as many victims names as you can. Isn't it sad that the criminals become famous and the victims are forgotten?
Don't misinterpret this. I firmly believe in the First Amendment and would fight any law abridging those sacred rights (as well as the rest of the Bill Of Rights), But if the press reported these incidents and (voluntarily) never mentioned the perp's name or showed his image, I believe there would be much less of this kind of tragedy. If the public was adamant in not wanting to know everything about them, there would be no shameful fame, no perverse glory and thus no motivation.
We should give them fictitious names from a published list like they do with hurricanes. Their faces and other identifying features should be blurred or covered in any published pictures. Refer to them without even acknowledging their gender! Try them, convict them, and forget them! Memorialize the victims instead!
Don't give these scum-buckets the notoriety and fame they crave because doing so just sets the stage for the next spit-head. I'd be willing to bet that seeing how "famous" this numbskull is for his deeds has already planted the seed in some other non-achiever's brain that he or she can get famous that way too.
And when it inevitably happens, we'll all be guilty again ... unless we wind up being the victims!
John A. Crossley lives in Frewsburg.