Again, I have to apologize for my absence. There has been a glut of school shooting news lately, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s wreaked havoc on my psyche. As they say, if you stare into the abyss too long, the abyss starts staring back, and it’s been staring back a lot lately. But I digress.
For those of you who may not remember, back in the fall of 2015, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine victims. Harper-Mercer took the coward’s way out, killing himself after being engaged by police.
Recently, the official investigation into the shooting wrapped up. Nothing earth shattering was revealed, however Harper-Mercer’s ‘manifesto’ was released. Before we get into that, I hate using the term manifesto when it comes to stories like this. While manifestos are usually issued by terrorists, tyrants and madmen, in my opinion the term manifesto almost offers a sense of legitimacy to the rantings of psychopaths. Harper-Mercer’s manifesto is no different in its insanity. In a nutshell, the reason that Harper-Mercer killed nine innocent victims was because he couldn’t get a girlfriend.
In his ramblings, Harper-Mercer bemoans the fact that he was a 26-year-old virgin, who was supposedly denied ‘everything he deserved’ which caused him to identify with the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold, Cho Seung-Hui, Elliot Rodger, Adam Lanza, and Vester Flanagan. All failures who blamed their own inadequacies on everyone else and couldn’t resolve them without resorting to violence.
Then Harper-Mercer goes on about how he can’t get a girlfriend because of black men. By his own admission, Harper-Mercer was part black but claimed his ‘blackness’ was acceptable since it came from a black woman. In his closing FAQ, he states the reason he doesn’t have a girlfriend because women prefer ‘thug black men’.
You know, in one aspect, Harper-Mercer was ahead of his time. If he had not committed this atrocity, he would have loved the alt-right movement filled with Trilby wearing neckbeards complaining that society owes them everything.
To all the troglodytes that may identify with this loser, and other losers of his ilk, let me explain something to you that will make your life much easier and less angst-ridden if you accept this axiom into your life. The world doesn’t owe you anything. Society doesn’t owe you anything. You only get out of life what you put into it. If you expect fame, recognition and love, work for them. You may think committing mass murder will bring you some of those things, it won’t. You won’t even be a footnote in history. You’ll just be another forgotten reprobate, buried in an unmarked grave.
Instead, why don’t you try to seek counseling in order to deal with your social deficiencies. Step outside of your online echo chamber of 4chan, subreddits and Pepe the Frog memes to experience how other people interact without having to take up firearms.
The full ‘manifesto’ can be read behind the cut.
Thanks to colgam01 and Lady Gray for the tips.