I don’t blog about every mass shooting in the U.S. Sadly in our society today if I did that I’d have little time for anything else. So please forgive me for not previously blogging about The Mall In Columbia shooting back in January when it happened in Maryland.
In January 19-year-old Darion Aguilar stormed the mall armed with a shotgun. He shot and killed 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson who were employees of the store Aguilar first entered. Then Aguilar turned the gun on himself and took the coward’s way out. Aguilar had no connection to his victims.
Recently it was made public by investigators that Aguilar had a ‘fascination’ with Columbine, obsession would be a better word. Police say that he had the prerequisite Tumblr account with pictured of mass shootings and that he had downloaded a video game based on Columbine. Gee, I wonder what game that could have been. Police also add that prior to the shooting Aguilar took a selfie where he was dressed like one of the Columbine cowards and posted it to Tumblr right before the shootings took place. They also say that Aguilar waited so that the time of his shooting coincided with the same time that the Columbine shooting started. I think it’s safe to say that this coward was just another mutant. Mutant is the term I use for people who emulate, worship, or have sympathies for school shooters, specifically the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold.
In his private journals Aguilar talked about being mentally ill and hearing non-violent voices. He went to a doctor who referred him to a psychiatrist but Aguilar never saw one. Apparently he was not comfortable talking to his mom about it. So rather than being a man and going to get help on your own or being man enough to talk to your mom about it you just go ahead and kill two random strangers in tribute to your cowardly heroes.
There’s no shame in seeking help but there’s plenty in cowardly violence.