By Tom Quiner

I’m not surprised.
It’s a horrible thing to say, but the latest mass killings in Santa Barbara didn’t even make the front page of the Des Moines Register.
Mass killing is losing its ability to shock. They keep happening, typically perpetrated by some disaffected young person looking to get revenge against a world that hasn’t treated them the way they want.
Quick thoughts …
1. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the family. It’s easy to view the victims as abstractions, but they’re not. Real people have had their lives turned upside down. I offer sincere prayers to the victims’ survivors.
2. Half of the victims were killed by knife. A deranged person will find ways to kill, regardless of the weapon. The problem is not guns, the problem is diagnosing, treating, and perhaps even confining the dangerously mentally ill.
3. It’s not easy diagnosing, treating, and confining the dangerously mentally ill. The ACLU has made it tough. And the police are not properly equipped to do the job, evidenced by the fact that Santa Barbara police confronted the killer on three separate occasions, characterizing him as …

“perfectly polite, kind and [a] wonderful human.”

4. Are these mass killings more rotten fruit from the “self-esteem” movement? I don’t know. It’s probably a stretch. The self-esteem movement has produced an army of narcissists who demand that nothing make them feel “uncomfortable.” The latest mass killer raged against young women because he couldn’t find any to have sex with him. He felt ‘uncomfortable’ about this. The solution for a nutcase? Kill as many people as possible.
I’m probably grasping at straws, like the rest of the world, as we try to understand what to do about mentally ill people who want to do you and me harm.
No one will be surprised when the next attack takes place.

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  1. SKANLYN on May 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with #2. Either way, mass killings are extremely rare. They just make for good news so you always hear about them when they happen. Some people are born wired wrong. It’s always happened and it always will. Every time you go out of the house there’s a risk that one of those people will kill you. Life is inherently risky and we can all die at any minute, if not by a mass murderer then by being hit by a bus or struck by lightning or being sucked up into a tornado or by falling in the bath tub. All are tragic but we need to accept these things happen and stop using them as an excuse to take people’s guns away or to suspend kids from school for being kids (under the guise of an anti-bullying policy).
    As far as that self esteem movement goes, most of the so-called millennial generation that subscribes to it are too lazy to pull off a massacre. They’d rather sit on the couch smoking their marijuana and complaining on FaceBook about how unfair life is.

    • quinersdiner on May 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Good input. I just came from a graduation open house where I talked to a teacher who is retiring early. She is fed up with the kids. I mentioned the “self-esteem” movement and she rolled her eyes and blasted it. Does it have anything to do with these killings? Who knows?

  2. oarubio on May 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    The ACLU loves to defend the wrong people while abandoning the most vulnerable, the unborn. As you wrote, they tie our hands, then expect miracles! While at the same time, they promote those things which propagate evil.

    • quinersdiner on May 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I agree. The ACLU has always been left-leaning, but in recent decades, they’ve lurched far left, to the detriment of our nation.

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