Guns Don’t Kill — Psychos With Guns Kill. If we want to stop psychos from killing, then it’s psychos that need to be controlled. There are fewer psychos than guns, so it should be a lot easier.
No one knows what it’s like to lose a child in any way. But to lose a child because some psycho was ticked off at his parents and the world and wanted to take it out on other people, that must be unbearable.
The answer, of course, is not to blame the gun or the car or the machete that Elliot Rodger used to kill six people.1 It’s Rodger’s himself who is to blame and some of the people around him who knew he was dangerous.
And if you want to join in the blame game, maybe we should put some of the blame on his parents and the police.
Let’s start with the police who were notified about Rodger’s bizarre rants and behavior. Here’s the latest news report on the story:
“Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a welfare check on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his deadly rampage in Isla Vista knew of ‘disturbing’ videos Rodger posted online but did not watch them, officials said.”
Why were the police called? “A person who identified himself as a friend of Rodger called a county mental health staff member. Based on that call and information from Rodger’s mother, sheriff’s officials said, the staffer requested the welfare check.”
Someone knew that Rodger was off his nut. So instead of focusing on millions of gun owners, why not focus attention on one kid who had the potential to do something awful.
If Liberals want guns gone, it seems to me that a better approach is more psycho control. The parents and friends of Elliot Rodger knew that he was a nut case.
“A Rodger family friend told The [Los Angeles] Times that his mother had contacted his therapist in April, concerned over bizarre videos her son had posted on YouTube. The family friend said the therapist contacted a mental health service, who referred the matter to police.”
These people knew Rodger was a problem.
This is almost like Minority Report, but you don’t need three people in a pool telling you that a crime may happen sometime in the future.
I realize that there are laws in place to protect our rights. My point in all of this is to show the critics that weapons of any kind are not the problem for 99.9 percent of people. The same day that Elliot Rodger killed six people (with a gun, car, and sharp instruments), my guns and the guns of my friends were silent.
Don’t blame us for what some wacko did.
“Rodger wrote of the April 30 interaction in a 137-page document in which he outlined what he called his ‘Day of Retribution,’ saying he had three semiautomatic weapons hidden in his bedroom at the time and had written up plans for the assault.
“‘I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room … that would have ended everything,’ he wrote. ‘For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me.’
“Rodger wrote that he immediately took most of the videos off YouTube, but planned to restore them before his attack.”
When you read the police report describing the welfare visit, we learn that Rodger was “shy, timid and polite” and that he was only “expressing himself” in the videos.
If I ever decide to flip my lid, I’ll know how to act and what to say to the police.
- “Authorities say that Rodger fatally stabbed three men — Cheng Yuan ‘James’ Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan ‘David’ Wang, 20, all students at UC Santa Barbara — inside his apartment before driving his BMW down the streets of Isla Vista on May 23, , firing out the window and veering his car toward pedestrians.” [↩]