The Mass Murder in Connecticut
There has been a great deal of sorrow, pain, sympathy, and heartache over the mass murder that was perpetrated by an obviously sick, twisted and/or evil person. There is no acceptable “reason” behind what he did, only excuses. We may discover that like the University of Texas Tower murderer who was killed by officer Martinez in 1966 he had a brain tumor that destroyed his sanity. We may discover that much like the child molester and killer from Chicago who dressed like a clown; the mass murderer from Connecticut was just too mentally unfit to live in a human civilization. There is a certain point in the real world when we have to focus on what people actually do before we focus on what they may have done or might have done.
One of the first steps in this is in accepting the reality that this is not a tragedy. This was not a play, not a literary work, not a performance designed to elicit an audiences “we shall overcome” response. This was the work of a murderer whom I will not even give the honor of mentioning his name. Just for the confused or uninformed- this is the most “flexible” definition of a tragedy:
— n , pl -dies
1. (Esp in classical and Renaissance drama) a play in which the protagonist, usually a man of importance and outstanding personal qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances with which he cannot deal .
2. (In later drama, such as that of Ibsen) a play in which the protagonist is overcome by a combination of social and psychological circumstances
3. Any dramatic or literary composition dealing with serious or somber themes and ending with disaster
4. (In medieval literature) a literary work in which a great person falls from prosperity to disaster, often through no fault of his own
5. The branch of drama dealing with such themes
6. The unfortunate aspect of something
7. A shocking or sad event; disaster
In this case, although from the media presentation it was “shocking” in reality it wasn’t shocking as much as it was simply offensive and disgusting. It was no more “shocking” than the child murders all over the globe to include the 23 schoolchildren and one adult who were attacked by a 36 year old knife wielding man on the same day in China; or the eight small children (under 6) who were butchered in class by a doctor in 2010 in Beijing. Perhaps the 20 year old who attempted to commit a mass shooting in Portland at a mall not even two weeks before shocked you? If it did you must live in a cave, although mass shootings in the US have been declining since 2000, mass murder globally is not, and shootings in general are mother’s milk to the media.
This was not a “sad event” either. This was a horrific event that consisted of the most offensive adult brutality being directed at defenseless women and children for no possible purpose aside from the immediate thrill and the resulting infamy. Missing my son’s recital because I have to work is sad; having my defenseless child executed is horrific. To refer to this as an “unfortunate” or “sad event” is an insult.
This mass shooting was not a disaster. No plane crashed, no business failed, no rainfall ruined a home. Another human being flouted every possible gun law in Connecticut and then broke into a school and murdered 26 human beings in cold blood just because he was sick, lazy, lame, or crazy. It was a massacre by a lone gunman as far as we can tell. That isn’t a disaster that’s a massacre, if it was a “disaster” we would refer to the Holocaust as a “disaster” (which I’m sure the President of Iran does from time to time). Referring to this or any massacre as a “disaster” is akin to saying that priests being arrested for molestation is “unfortunate” (I guess it is…. For the priest).
In the future I would like to see more of my fellow citizens take the media and your peers to task on this. The Connecticut shootings were not a “tragedy” involving a young man who should be known in every home on the globe. It was a disgusting and horrific massacre of defenseless women and children by a piece of human filth who should be buried in an unmarked grave- preferably under the protective custody inmate’s shared urinal of the Connecticut State Penitentiary.
Technically, the “tragedy” in this case is when the media and media figures use this massacre to political advantage by using the horror to elicit a public response, and then utilizing that response to gain public support and political advantage (yeah I know- read the definition of “tragedy” again). In some sense, the change they may be trying for is intelligent, rational, proven, and needed (like active shooter training and on-sight armed staff in “gun-free” zones), in some sense it is just disgusting. Really, the next idiot who says “now the NRA is going to want to arm six year olds” should go live in one of the Ivory Coast “youth recruitment” camps for year. My point is that in any sense to utilize this horror as a means to play a “tragedy” to the public is lowbrow, and morally reprehensible for this reason: Under every definition of a “tragedy” it was this poor young fellow’s misfortune to have been exposed to a firearm- which then made him fall from great heights to great disaster through no fault of his own. I don’t buy that, and neither should you. Those people murdered by this piece of waste, their families, and your fellow citizens need strong compatriots who will not be coddled, told it is “tragic” (therefore acceptable), and that it was the school, the NRA, the Government, the State, or anyone else’s fault besides the spineless filth that did it.