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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

If the media reported on these mass killings responsibly....

...They'd emphasize what pathetic little dweebs these killers really are.

There's a certain copycat element to all of the schoolyard shootings. The typical maladjusted shooter thinks -- knows, actually -- that he will become a larger than life, dark, sinister character whose very name inspires fear. And he wants that infamy, even if it comes at the cost of his life.

The way to discourage copycats is to report these mass killings in a belittling fashion.

Here's how I would have liked to have seen the Newtown killings reported:

Twenty year old Adam Lanza, who never once went on a date in his entire life, decided to end that miserable life yesterday. While Lanza is unlamented, tragically, he took the lives of as many five- and six-year-olds as he could, an incredibly cowardly act.

Adam killed his mother, reportedly because she had been thinking of institutionalizing him, since he was such a misfit. Then he went to Sandy Hook Elementary School, partly because that's where his mother volunteered, and he was jealous of the kids whom he thought his mother preferred to him. (He was probably right.)

Part of the reason Adam went to Sandy Hook was because he knew it was a "gun free zone." He knew that nobody there could shoot back at him, and, hero that he was, he also knew that first graders would offer no resistance.

You can see from these pictures that Lanza actually bears a slight facial resemblance to Michael Phelps, even though Phelps is 6'3" and a muscular 190 pounds, while Lanza was only 5'8" and a scrawny 135. But Phelps made something of himself, and now is reportedly one of the world's most prolific womanizers, while Lanza could only stay in his room and masturbate, a virgin to the end. No girl would have ever even considered going out with Lanza, given his extreme awkwardness.

Lanza didn't even have any male friends because of his Aspergers Syndrome. "He was the most lame, rigid person you could ever imagine," said one former classmate who asked not to be identified.

Lanza's family is now mourning the loss of Nancy Lanza, his mother, and wondering if they will ever be able to live down their association with this pathetic wimp.

People across the country are now shaking their heads and wondering if there's a more eloquent way of stating what a loser you are than to shoot a bunch of defenseless kids and then take your own life.

Now, how many copycat killers would that inspire?


Anonymous said...

Thats good, I like it.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Thank you.

Steven said...

It would definitely act as a deterrent to copycats but it would be a serious downer to skinny guys with low self worth who had never been on a date! :-P

John Craig said...

Steven --
Nobody who didn't murder would be made fun of. This would be a deterrent.

Steven said...

My thinking was that if you are a small and skinny socially awkward virgin who has never been on a date and you are down on yourself and you read'pathetic wimp', 'no girl would ever consider going out with Lanza', 'most lame rigid person' etc, you might take it personally.

I agree it would be a deterrent though.

John Craig said...

Stven --
You're right, that is a downside. But I'd say it'd be worth the price if it cut down on the murders.

Anonymous said...

People have been using pictures of look-alikes to claim sandy hook was a hoax like that picture of Phelps showing resemblance. They show a picture of someone from 10 years ago then show a recent one and say "Aha, see how the face is narrower, the ears hang more, the hair is thinner!". This has gone on for a lot.

I don't think it was a hoax but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a partial hoax to make it look like a hoax. Like in that episode of south park. They want people to believe that THEY are more competent that it really was. I suspect Sandy Hook and 9/11 were preventable.

Something I want to mention:
In Hong Kong, a while back after the protests in Mong Kok over laws about public food vending a while back, the feed on my facebook had links to claims the CIA or mainland was masterminding everything. Really? Protests about the legality of selling curry flavored fishballs and greasy noodles someone in the USA would ask? How is that an issue? But this is important for us here. Asia has it's own political and social turmoil. There isn't any debate about fat acceptance or safe spaces. Get this, in India, meat eating has been politicized. The more religous right have called for stricter regulations, the secular left have been calling for loosening laws. Quite ironic, the left in the USA is for vegetarianism. There are billions of people who have completely different issues in their own corner of the world. To think there are political and social issues in Ghana or Papua New Guinea over things we don't consider important!

But back on to Lanza:
I think Adam Lanza was classically autistic as you said (didn't speak until over 3, played dance dance revolution for 10 hours). I think we should pay attention to violence by ASD, but I disagree with people who are blowing it out of proportion. I believe that the rates of violence in ASD while higher than the normal population, is not abnormally high for organic conditions. Since it is one of the most prevalent we will see more incidents. The rate of violence for autism was estimated at 3% but I think it's higher, double that. For schizophrenia it is 8-10%, I'll use 9% for autism to be safe in the following. Schizophrenia is found in 1 in 250 but lets say its 200, ASD 1 in 60-70, so there will be around 3 times as many reported violent crimes compared to them, which is why it shows up in the news more.

Lanza was autistic and it contributed. We can also point out there were other factors. His autopsy on his brain showed it was normal sized, it had no deformities, but they found brain damage from anorexia, and he displayed new disorders after puberty, yet his autism could have made him obsessed with being an anorexic vegan, and being autistic without intervention means a greater chance of developing new disorders as an adult, and these problems can be prevented.


John Craig said...

Ga --
I hadn't heard anyone suggest that Sandy Hook was a hoax.

Asians are silly in their own way (like the manner in which they adopt and adapt Western culture), but they're not silly enough to fight for something like fat acceptance. The Indian debate over meat-eating of course stems from Hindu beliefs, so it makes sense that that's a big issue over there.

Agreed, Lanza was further up the scale than just ordinary Aspergers (even though that's what I said above). Ironically, I think Aspies are less likely to get in street fights or bar fights or things like that, and I think they're far less likely to become serial killers. But when it comes to mass shooters, they seem to be way overrepresented.

Lanza was a mess. They evidently found child porn on his computer afterward as well. And yes, autism/Aspergers is comorbid with all sorts of other disorders.