Friday, October 2, 2015
Something for everyone
The latest mass killer, Chris Harper-Mercer, is a bundle of contradictions who will probably prove a telling Rorschach test for many.
He's of mixed race, meaning that in this country, he's be considered black. And he had sympathized with Vester Flanagan, the gay black man who killed that reporter and her cameraman recently. But Harper-Mercer had also condemned the killing of random policemen, and said that Black Lives Matter bore partial responsibility for that.
Most notably, Harper-Mercer singled out Christians to kill, asking various students if they were Christian before killing them. (If they weren't, he shot them in the leg.) And he belonged to an organization called, I Hate Organized Religion. Yet he idolized the Irish Republican Army, which was largely a Catholic organization. And he also an admirer of the Nazis, having ordered Nazi memorabilia on at least two occasion.
So, no matter your racial or political outlook, Harper-Mercer provides plenty of grist.
Barack Obama, of course, wasn't going to let this crisis go to waste: he called for more gun control the very next morning. (In Obama's world, whenever a white kills blacks, as with Dylann Roof, it's proof of what a horribly racist society we live in. Whenever a black kills whites, as with Vester Flanagan or Harper-Mercer, it's proof that those dastardly Republicans are keeping us from getting the gun control we need.)
Other interested parties will undoubtedly also react as expected.
Harper-Mercer had also shown interest in both the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook shootings, having recommended documentaries on each -- proof, once again, that the media should be belittling these killers, not making them larger than life. (I wrote about this before regarding Adam Lanza.)
Rather than mention Harper-Mercer by name, they ought to just refer to him as "the latest loser" and scoff at him. ("Did he have any idea what the Nazis would have thought of him? They would have considered him subhuman. And why did he have to advertise for girlfriends? Could he not hold onto one? And how did he get to age 26 without accomplishing a single worthwhile thing? It's always most the pathetic losers who lash out like this.")