The insignificance of the Umpqua Community College shooter

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I guess we have to talk about the shooting at Umpqua Community College. I almost didn’t want to. When I first saw the headline that there had been a school shooting with nine dead I literally could not believe it. I had to double-check the headline to make sure I wasn’t misreading it. I thought maybe I was having a bad dream. I just didn’t want to believe it this time. When it finally registered that it did happen it threw me into a deep depression. I’d like to say that I waited almost week before posting about it because I wanted to wait to get all the pertinent information but 24-48 hours is usually sufficient for that. Instead I just kept putting it off because I was too depressed. I’m not trying to make this story about me but if the next few posts about the shooting feel disjointed that’s why.

Before we get started though let’s take some time to remember the victims.

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Starting at top left Lucas Eibel, 18, Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, Professor Lawrence Levine, 67, Lucero Alcaraz, 19, Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, Jason Dale Johnson, 34, and Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18.

I know I don’t have to rehash the details but for the record 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing the nine victims listed above.

What I wanted to talk about in this post is something that the gunman allegedly posted in a 4chan thread where he reportedly announced his intention to commit a school shooting.

The first 4chan post

The first 4chan post

Later on in the thread he reportedly said the following

“This is the only time I’ll ever be in the news. I’m so insignificant,” read an apparent post by the would-be Oregon gunman.

It’s my contention that he’s still insignificant and always will be. In a few months time his name will be forgotten to most everyone living outside of Roseburg.

For example do you remember the shootings at Red Lake High School or NIU? Nine people were killed at Red Lake and five at NIU? Now, can you remember the names of the gunmen off the top of your head? Chances are that you can’t. I took to my personal Facebook to ask my friends if they could name either one of the gunmen. Out of all the people who responded only two people could name either one of them. One is a former columbiner and the other is another crime blogger.

In another one of his online posts he went on about his admiration for Roanoke news gunman Vester Flanagan

“I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Except you’re only in the supposed limelight for the briefest of times. In the history of man you won’t even be a footnote. I had even completely forgotten Flanagan’s name until it was brought back up by the most recent shooting. Let’s examine that a little more. So Harper-Mercer was supposedly influenced by Flanagan. In turn Flanagan was influenced by the Virginia Tech and Columbine gunmen. So in Harper-Mercer we have a copy of a copy of a copy. It’s hard to be significant when you’re just another clone.

Speaking of copies Harper-Mercer is said to have asked some of his victims what religion they were. This harkens back to a Columbine trope where one of the gunmen there allegedly asked victim Cassie Bernall if she believed in God before shooting her. That’s been repeated in at least one other school shooting so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where this loser got it from.

Hell, this isn’t even Roseburg’s first school shooting. There was a shooting at Roseburg High School back in 2006. Like most school shooters if this assclown had an original thought it would die of loneliness. Also like most shooters this is just another self-absorbed and entitled asshole who thought the world owed him fame and everything else and instead of owning up to his own failures he blamed everyone else. Also just like every other clone who came before him he took the coward’s way out. It’s difficult to be significant when you’re just another copy.

If you want to be significant do something great with your life, Volunteer, write, paint, sing, become a first responder, enlist in the military, do something with your life that earns you the privilege of being remembered. Mass violence and suicide are nothing more than weak cop-outs.

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