Back when I opposed any form of gun control/gun reform I still wasn’t that much of a fan of the NRA. Not long after Sandy Hook I thought then NRA President Wayne LaPierre was a clueless putz for thinking more police in schools would prevent school shootings. In case you were wondering, armed school resource officers have either been killed or have been the potential targets in various school shootings, Red Lake and Socastee come to mind. So it should come as no surprise that LaPierre’s replacement is just as much of an ignoramus.
“They’ve been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they’re young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace,” he said. “Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now, I am certainly not a doctor, I’m a Marine, but I can see those kinds of things happening.”
Yeah, no shit you’re not a doctor. You’re not exactly the ideal picture of a Marine either. The only reason you’re not considered an actual criminal is that your convictions from the Iran-Contra affair were overturned due to a technicality.
Not only is this a grossly misinformed thing for North to say but it’s dangerous as well. It’s another statement made by someone who is in the pocket of the gun lobby that adds further stigma to mental illness. Think about how many people in our country who abide by the ‘from my cold dead hands’ principle that will believe any falsehood told by some gun-toting authority all because they think the gubmint will take their guns if they don’t. This is along the exact same line of people who say that antidepressants cause school shootings. They don’t care how many people suffer from mental health issues as long as gun owners can continue to maintain a small arsenal in their basement compounds or Unibomber-style shacks.
Guns are far from the most important thing in our country. Hell, they’re not even the most important right in The Constitution. Yet zealots like North and his cronies act like guns are the answer to everything. While guns may not be the cause of school shootings, you can’t have school shootings without the shooting part and too many of these guns are legally finding their way into the hands of a multitude of mass murderers.
And just for shits and giggles here is Oliver North’s mugshot.
In the past, I’ve discussed how much of an assclown I think Texas Governor Greg Abbott is, especially when it came to him kowtowing to the conspiracy theorist nuts over military exercise Jade Helm 15. Apparently, assclownery runs in his administration as his Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick, must have recently graduated from assclown college.
Really? We’re going to have this argument again. While Lt. Gov. Patrick claims that according to psychologists and psychiatrists, they will tell you it leads them to become numb to violence, to have less empathy to their victims and be more aggressive. Bullshit. No credible psychological study has ever linked violent video games to school shootings. Mr. Patrick has fallen victim to the belief that correlation equals causation. I will say that there are a plethora of maladjusted people who are attracted to violent video games, but they’re mostly disturbed, to begin with. However, you can say that about any pastime. Would he say watching sports causes domestic violence? Not in Texas he wouldn’t.
Removing religion from schools
Again I say, really? While I am a somewhat religious person and believe a lot of these kids could use some Ten Commandments in their life, what religion is Mr. Patrick referring to? I’m guessing it’s not Judaism and it sure as hell isn’t Islam. If I had to hazard a guess, I would imagine Mr. Patrick is referring to white Baptists. Just a hunch. I wonder if Patrick even knows Dimitrios Pagourtzis was active in the Orthodox Church. Religion and morality should be taught at home and church, not at public schools. There are plenty of avenues for people to take if they want their kids to have a religious education. It can even be argued that religion may contribute to the behavior of school shooters since a number of them are edgelords who claim to be atheists just so they can rebel against an ambiguous ‘church’.
Abortions and ‘broken’ families
While I don’t talk about it that much anymore, I’m not a fan of abortions because I was adopted. However, I don’t see why Patrick is bringing it up here. He says there have been 50 million abortions but doesn’t give a time frame for them. So, wouldn’t more abortions cause fewer school shootings since fewer school shooters would be born? My thought here is that he’s just playing to his pro-life voter base for no discernible reason other than to kiss their collective asses. However, he brings up a talking point I’ve been hearing since Parkland, that broken homes cause school shooters. I find that interesting since both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold came from two-parent families as did Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui. Adam Lanza was raised by both parents until they divorced when he was 17. Nikolas Cruz had both parents until they passed away, and more specifically to Santa Fe High, Dimitrios Pagourtzis came from a two-parent household. It’s not the number of parents you have, but the quality of parenting you receive. I also find this kind of ironic since Patrick himself has been divorced. Glass houses and all that.
Irresponsible gun owners
Now this one I kind of agree with, however, Patrick doesn’t go far enough with his assertions. He says that gun owners have a responsibility to be sure their guns are safe at home, but he doesn’t say what should happen to gun owners who aren’t responsible. In a number of school shootings, including the one at Santa Fe High, the shooter obtained their firearms from their parents who didn’t realize their guns were missing until it was too late. Rarely do these negligent gun owners face criminal charges and if they do it’s usually because they’re former felons who are forbidden from owning firearms. What is Lt. Gov. Patrick planning to do with these irresponsible gun owners other than give lip service since even irresponsible gun owners vote in Texas?
Too many entrances to schools
LOL…WUT? Patrick says schools should have the necessary fire exits but then we should funnel students into schools. Yeah, because no one in the history of forever has ever snuck into someplace by using the fire exit. That’s not even taking into account that if someone is determined enough to enter a school armed, fewer entry points are not going to deter them.
Yes, because the answer to school shootings is obviously more guns. Arming teachers is one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Let’s have guns that are in the schools on a daily basis that could easily find themselves in the hands of a would-be school shooter. That’s a tremendous idea. Let’s also not forget that teachers are not infallible. While many of them are happy to do their thankless job, there are enough bad apples to make the idea of arming them ridiculous. The only way I would even remotely consider arming a teacher is if they had former military or police experience, otherwise you’re asking for more casualties being caught in the crossfire between an active shooter and an untrained civilian.
The elephants in the room
Lt. Gov. Patrick left out two glaring omissions in his public morality crusade to stop school shootings and they are lax parenting and easy access to guns, especially in a gun-happy state like Texas. That’s because speaking out against those things in the Lone Star State won’t get him re-elected. Remember kids, politicians aren’t acting on your behalf, they’re only acting on theirs.
In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis shot and killed 10 people, the specter of bullying was brought up once again. News station WNCN in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area interviewed a criminologist from a local liberal arts school where she was asked if the Santa Fe High Shooting was reminiscent of Columbine. Considering the shooter constantly wore a trench coat/duster in the Texas heat, had a shirt that said ‘born to kill’ and had explosives at the school that didn’t detonate, the answer to that question should be “Ya think?”.
However, putting that scintillating piece of journalism aside, what I really want to talk about is the bullying issue as it applies to school shootings. The article throws this little tidbit in toward the end.
Dr. Amanda Parker says school shooters are often victims of bullying. According to reports 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was also bullied.
Now I’m not a criminologist. I never even finished college. So far be it from me to tell Dr. Parker how to do her job. However, I would like to know where she found her data on this matter because as far as I’m concerned that’s simply not true. In my opinion, the vast majority of school shooters were not bullied. It’s just that their antisocial behaviors were misinterpreted as them being victims of bullying. As I have mentioned many times before, this ‘bullying myth’ as I call it, started with Columbine when early reports claimed that the cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied. To this day, almost two decades later, there is still no concrete proof that they were bullied. However, there is documented evidence that they were bullies themselves.
Getting back to the Santa Fe shooting, what exactly was the shooter being bullied about before he committed mass murder? According to NBC News, another student said that Pagourtzis was bullied by his football coaches because he smelled bad. Wearing a long black coat all year long in Texas will do that sometimes, but I digress. When a coach or teacher tells you to get your hygiene in order, that’s not bullying, that’s them trying to prevent bullying.
In a phone interview over the weekend with Greece’s Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped the killing Friday at Santa Fe High School. His voice cracked as he described how he told police to let him inside the school so his son, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, could kill him instead. He said he suspects his son was under pressure, perhaps due to bullying.
This is the same father who allegedly left his shotgun and .38 unguarded so his son could use it in one of the nation’s worst school shootings. So you’ll just have to forgive me if I don’t take him completely at his word.
It’s been almost twenty years since Columbine and we still can’t rid this idiotic trope from the American psyche. Bullying does not cause school shootings. Petulant and entitled children with easy access to guns who can’t emotionally process their own shortcomings cause school shootings.
He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 180-pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, and black Puma sneakers. He is missing the top portion of his left index finger.
His truck is a 2012 Ford F-150 FX4. Gonzalez removed his license plate because he believed he was selling the vehicle.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 602-534-2121.
If you’re selling a vehicle on craigslist, I recommend not only meeting the buyer at a police station and taking someone with you in case there’s trouble. Ultimately, I would never recommend doing any business on craigslist.
I pray to God for Mr. Gonzalez’s safe return. Unfortunately, when a victim disappears from a craigslist deal, rarely do they return if ever I’m sorry to say.
This is a follow-up to my post about the most recent ‘school shooting’ video game which I posted here. If you haven’t read it yet, I ask that you please read that first before continuing.
Over the holiday weekend, there was a slew of news articles about the parents of school shooting victims who were outraged over the game. I was all ready to write a post asking them to just ignore the game. I understand that it’s a slow news weekend and the media is shoving microphones in your face looking for a sound bite. I also understand that you’ve endured a pain that only a few but increasing number of people understand and your outrage is understandable.
However, that post was rendered null and void after the video game platform Steam removed the game from its store. That does allow me to talk about the game by name since I doubt the so-called developer will be making any money from the world’s largest online distributor of PC games. The game was called Active Shooter and Steam has pulled the game from its store not due to any outside pressure, or so they say, but because the developer was a known troll who had been banned from the platform previously.
Steam said in a statement that the creator of the game that simulates a school shooting had previously been banned from the popular platform but changed the name of his business to return to selling games. The company called the game’s creator a “troll with a history of customer abuse.”
That developer has published other controversial games called “Tide Pod Challenge” and “White Power Pure Voltage.”
As an aside, I looked at the Steam page of White Power Pure Voltage and it wasn’t a game about anything racist. It seems that only the name was designed to court controversy, but I digress.
My point is, we’re at a time where video games can be made by just about anyone. They’re no longer the sole domain of giant game companies. So when one of these games comes out that’s designed by a basement-dwelling edgelord, the best thing to do is ignore it and it will wither on the vine. I realize the media is constantly throwing controversy in our faces, but as a society, we need to reserve our outrage for more serious matters. If we’re outraged at everything then we’re actually outraged at nothing.
Recently, one of New York’s less than trustworthy and more opinionated newspapers ran an article claiming online sex trafficking hasn’t changed since the federal seizure of Backpage. The article claims an ‘unnamed source’ within the NYPD is saying there has been no slow down since Backpage was shuttered. This newspaper seems to be one of the outlets that believe the ‘consenting adult’ myth, as they quote a john who said prostitution should be legal since gambling and marijuana are legal in some places. The problem with that analogy is weed and casino chips aren’t being repeatedly sold against their will.
However, the article then goes on to not only mention a new website but also links to the new site as well, supposedly the sleazy heir apparent to Backpage. I’m not going to link to the article, the website, or mention the website by name, but the site looks like it’s trying to copy Backpage even right down to the CSS. The ads on this new site seem to be even more blatant than the usually coded ads that appeared on Backpage. This new site also has the usual disclaimer that ads related to human trafficking will not be tolerated, asking ad posters to click on a button that says ‘I agree’. They’re even trying to be more shifty than Backpage was. In my research, I was unable to find any information regarding who owns the new platform. Their social media presence is almost non-existent, however, I was able to find some information that the site does business in Texas, although reports say the website itself is allegedly hosted in Canada.
While the New York tabloids may be decrying online sex trafficking has continued unabated since the closure of Backpage, it’s still too early to really tell. It’s only been less than two months since Backpage was seized so it’s still too early to say it’s business as usual. At its height, Backpage was responsible for 80% of all online sex trafficking in the US by most reports and had the financial backing of a media company. In today’s post-FOSTA world, it will be almost impossible for a website to be as lucrative as Backpage was at its zenith.
The online sex trafficking trade has been severely splintered. While it may continue to exist, it will never be at the level it was when Backpage was running things. This is a good thing despite protests to the contrary, as it causes fewer victims to be trafficked against their will. While the fight against online human trafficking is a constant battle, there will be fewer casualties in the future.
So there’s this video game coming out next month that has the media and various other pearl clutchers up in arms. It was announced shortly after the recent school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas and it’s being referred to as a ‘school shooting game’. I’m not going to link to the game or any articles about it or mention it by name because it doesn’t even deserve the attention it’s getting. The game is centered around a mass shooting. Supposedly, you can play as a member of a police SWAT team responding to the shooting, or, of course, you can play as the shooter. Distasteful? Yeah, pretty much, but as a society, we need to stop being so sensitive about things like this without knowing the facts.
First off, it’s been over 40 years since video games have been able to be played at home and still there are too many people who think video games are just for kids. Video games have been made for both kids and adults for over 20 years now. Having said that this is not a game that is going to be released by a major publisher where it will be on every store shelf waiting to be played on your kid’s Nintendo Switch. As far as I can tell the game is being made by one man and is only being released on Steam for the PC. This is the equivalent of some nobody making a controversial YouTube video in their basement and everyone else reacting to it like it was a major motion picture.
The creator of the game claims he’s not trying to cash in on a tragedy, but we’ve heard that story before. There have been severalinstances in the past where after a major school shooting some attention seeking troll tries to get everyone riled up by making a game based on the shooting. They either claim it’s art or they’re making some grandiose political statement when in reality it’s more like sophomoric mass murderer fan fiction. The only difference being is the killer doesn’t have some kind of weird fetish sex with the game’s developer.
As for the people who might get a sick thrill out of this game, they’re already lost to us, but they are a very small minority of gamers. This or any game isn’t going to turn your kid into a school shooter. However, if I had a kid of school age, I would not let them play this game. Since it’s only available on Steam it will require a credit card or PayPal to be purchased. If you allow your young children to run amok online with any of these forms of payment then the real problem is you.
When games like this come out what we should do is ignore them. Media outrage and social media conniptions are exactly what these Philistines are actually after.
I’ll eventually get around to writing about the two school shootings that happened last week, but first I need to get a few things off my chest.
While many people have become desensitized to school shootings over the past couple of decades, this past year I’ve become overly sensitive to them. Each time another one happens my anxiety kicks in and that makes me withdraw into my cocoon of frustration. I push my keyboard away knowing that I’m going to write the same damn thing I’ve been writing for the past 18 years. I’m so tired of repeating myself yet it’s the same old bullshit time after time.
After every shooting, people keep blaming the same old things that have nothing to do with the shooting themselves. People blame everything from video games to heavy metal to gun free zones to antidepressants to bullying, or whatever their ideological paranoia tells them it is. In my opinion, they’re all missing the real point.
While Columbine wasn’t the first school shooting, it was the first one that really captured the attention of the public due to the fact that not only were the cable news networks all over it but the internet, as primitive as it was, was in full effect.
Columbine was a perfect storm of failure. The neglect of parents and police oversights allowed 13 innocent people to be ruthlessly murdered on April 20th, 1999. While I realize hindsight is 20/20, I am still of the belief that Columbine should have never happened. However, since it did, Columbine has been the catalyst for every school shooting since. Even shooters who weren’t born when Columbine happened are influenced by the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
The majority of these shooters all had journals that were either similar in nature to Harris’ or directly copied from them. They make videos of themselves firing guns or detonating explosives much like the Columbine cowards did. The shooters hang around in internet communities that praise the actions of whoever the latest coward is going all the way back to Columbine and in these communities, they continue to propagate the falsehoods that arose from erroneous reporting at the time of Columbine, like the shooters were bullied, which they weren’t. The shooters almost always display some type of erratic behavior that reveals their fondness for violence. Then after the shooting happens while families bury their dead someone always says ‘The signs were there.’
If there’s anything to blame for school shootings, it starts with Columbine. Every school shooting since then has been a copycat. Another thing to blame would be failures in parenting, whether it was a lack of oversight, wanting to be friends rather than parents, or even supplying the kids with the firepower they needed to commit mass murder. Let’s also not forget the parents who refuse to believe there’s anything wrong with their child. Whether it’s discipline problems or mental health issues, too many parents are too quick to look the other way as if admitting their child had a problem was some kind of bad reflection on the parents. What would the neighbors think?
Until we start disciplining these kids in the right way, getting them the psychiatric help they need, and severely limiting their access to guns, the cycle will just continue.
I originally posted about the Forest High School shooting in Ocala, Florida here. To recap, 19-year-old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun inside a guitar case into his former high school, firing a round into a classroom on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th. Bloodshed was minor as a student was struck in the ankle with minor injuries. At the time of my first post, I said I wouldn’t be opposed to Bouche being sentenced to a mental health facility since he seemed remorseful, surrendered without incident, and supposedly said the date had nothing to do with the shooting. I now take it all back.
“I’m thinking about doing my school the same way. I have enough guns and ammo. I have been planning for months, but not sure when to do it,” Bouche allegedly said in the video’s comments section. “Everybody will know my name.”
No, they won’t. Outside of this website and the Ocala area, your name will be quickly forgotten. Instead of being a copycat who will never be remembered, would-be school shooters should try to do something else to try to gain notoriety that doesn’t involve violence. Try music, writing, making movies, or game design. If you’re good at something like that you’ll end up being way more famous than some coward with a gun.
There are three famous killers from history who I believe will never be identified. They are Jack The Ripper, The Zodiac Killer, and the Black Dahlia murderer. Every time someone comes out with a new crackpot theory about who one of these killers was, I just roll my eyes and go on about my business. However, this time, I just couldn’t resist.
John A. Cameron is a 50-something retired police detective from Great Falls, Montana. In 2014 he published a book entitled “It’s Me: Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of.” In his book, Cameron discusses his theories of how charismatic killer Ed Edwards committed not only the crimes he confessed to and was convicted of but also a multitude of murders Cameron believes Edwards committed. The number of victims that Cameron accuses Edwards if killing goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. The Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV and TNN, even ran a five-episode mini-series last month entitled ‘It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards.’
I didn’t watch it, but according to reports Cameron claims Edwards was responsible for the deaths of Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), Jimmy Hoffa, Chandra Levy, Martha Moxley, Adam Walsh, the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard on whom The Fugitive was based, Teresa Halbach (Making A Murderer), and JonBenét Ramsey just to name a few. Cameron also claims to believe that Edwards was the Zodiac Killer. So in essence, Cameron has basically taken every unsolved or ‘uncertain’ murder from the past 70 years and attributed them to Edwards.
While Cameron may be a retired police detective, that doesn’t mean he’s not a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. He may just be the king of conspiracy. His credentials aren’t the best either. Outside of his police career, Cameron published his book through Golden Door Press which as far as I can tell was a vanity press for its founder and has allegedly gone out of business. Cameron has also been a guest on Coast to Coast AM, the paranormal and conspiracy themed radio show made famous by the late Art Bell. At the time of writing this, Cameron’s own website only displays a WordPress error code that hasn’t been fixed in days.
The one murder Cameron accuses Edwards of that I want to talk about is obviously the West Memphis killings. I bet you could tell by the picture of Ol’ Douchegoggles up there. Obviously, there’s no possible way Edwards could have killed Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch. However, the angsty followers of Damien Echols, the man with the personality of a 12-year-old goth girl, have thrown so many suspects against the wall trying to get one who sticks. There was the mysterious Mr. Bojangles, then there was Mark Byers when the Paradise Lost ‘documentaries’ came out, and lastly Terry Hobbs when the supposed DNA evidence was made public. Let’s also not forget the ridiculous pot-smoking gay tryst conspiracy that the WM3 team put forth. My point being that the Chalupas are willing to believe any fantastical theory put forth by Echols and his acolytes and I wonder if any of them will actually present Edwards as a legitimate suspect. Considering Echols’ followers already believe the conspiracy theory that he’s innocent, it isn’t too far of a stretch.
And remember kids, let’s get #douchegoggles trending when it comes to talking about His Maagickness.