It is hard to imagine that anyone would feel anything but sympathy for Richard Martinez, a troubled father whose words after the murder of his 20-year-old son on Friday night must have been a reflection of the fear of every parent.
I feel sorry for him, I really feel sorry for him, as I do for anyone who has lost a loved one because of unplanned violence. And that's the Friday murder - random. There is no evidence that Elliot Rodger shot anyone he knows. Apparently he stabbed and 6.5 creedmoor ammo three people, and he knew at least two because he lived with them, but the others killed apparently did not know them.
Just as New Town kids were unknown to their killer.
As victims of the Colorado theater were unknown to their killer.
Like most of the victims at Virginia Tech.
That seems to be a common link in these types of stories. The attacker is furious at something, but it is rarely the fatal blow directed at the person (s) who did the trick.
Well, it should be clear that if a person is unreasonable, he will take an unreasonable course.
Another common link between those cases and Isla Vista, Calif., Last Friday was - mental illness. Evildoers are likely to remain mentally unbalanced.
If the mentally ill intend to attack others, they will use a gun if they can, but they will use something else if necessary.
Rodger has clearly demonstrated this. He stabbed his first three victims. He shot most of the others, but used his car as a weapon.
It was clear he was mentally ill. Could there be any doubt? Have you read his manifesto?
Or have you seen his "recovery" video, which he apparently did about 24 hours before the attack? He was looking forward to what he was going to do.
I suspect he could have used whatever he had to get what he wanted. If you were planning to stab and kill three people - which is as close to you as possible - you would not hesitate to strangle or stab that person to death with something that could be used as a stick.
After something like this, there is always a knee injury that makes me feel impatient.
I think it’s only human to look at the reasons why something like this happened, but among the common goats there are violent films and video games. Rodger apparently played video games as a means of escape, and lived in a land of hypocrisy, the movie culture of southern California. Both of his parents were connected to the entertainment industry.
Well, millions of people are playing video games, and millions of people are watching action movies / entertainment, but very, very few of them become more killers.
When something like this happens, the whole country cries out for automatic weapons to be shut down. That need often overshadows the fact that (a) none of these cases in recent years have been made of an automatic weapon and (b) it is possible to obtain an automatic weapon, but existing law compels such a buyer of a gun to jump between them. types of bureaucratic hoops.
Any firearms law proposed as a result of this would be an exciting law that would have no effect.
What could be the impact? However, I think the only thing that needs to be done is to assess the state of mental health in the United States - and start giving people the treatment they need.
That will not solve the problem - I do not know what the long-term solution is - but renewing our commitment to overcoming mental illness will bring us closer to solving than we will ever find with the additional gun control law.