South Park takes on school shootings

South Park takes on school shootings

I haven’t watched an episode of South Park in a number of years. Not that I think the show is bad or anything, it’s just that there’s a plethora of entertainment choices out there and there’s only so many hours in a day. However, when it hit the headlines that they were doing an episode about school shootings, I just had to watch.

As can be expected, South Park took a serious subject like school shootings and made a very poignant point in their unique and politically incorrect way. Without getting into too many spoilers, the episode centered around a number of school shootings that kept happening at the school Stan, Kyle, and the gang attend. Anytime a shooting happened at the school not only the students but most of the town acted like it was just something routine that just happens.

Sadly, the episode portrayed a very real problem in our country. School shootings and mass shootings have become so prevalent in our country that we’ve become almost numb to them. Politicians and the media are no help either as politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to protect their respective pet causes while the media calls any shooting within a 20-mile radius of a school a school shooting.

I could see someone potentially being offended by the episode, but once you get past South Park’s typical crudeness you’ll find a sad but accurate commentary on the state of our country.

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin is an assclown (Blames video games for shootings)

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin is an assclown (Blames video games for shootings)

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin

It seems that the Commonwealth of Kentucky has provided us with another participant for the never-ending parade of assclowns. Last time, it was U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said the government can’t do anything to prevent school shootings. Now, I present to you Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Late last June, hey I’m catching up sort of, Bevin was at a listening session hosted by the Federal Commission on School Safety. Did he blame school shootings on easy access to guns, inadequate mental health care in this country, or lackadaisical parenting? None of the above, actually. Governor Bevin blamed school shootings on video games, cell phones, and ‘over-medicating our children’.

“We are arming children with a device that has been proven time and time again — there’s not a single study that refutes or flies in the face of the fact that this leads to greater self-doubt, greater depression, greater ideas of self-harm,” Bevin said.

Except, Bevin is either lying or talking out of his ass as there have been multiple studies disproving any link between video games and real-world violence. Here’s one now.

Of course, Bevin also said that he doesn’t support any new gun restrictions. I mean why would you want to take the shooting part out of school shootings? It’s not like his state isn’t a stranger to school shootings as two high-profile school shootings have taken place in Kentucky. The first one being the Heath High School shooting in Paducah and the most recent one being the shooting that left two dead at Marshall County High School. So let’s not try to figure out how guns got into the hands of a then-13-year-old and a 15-year-old but instead place the blame on Frotnite or PUBG.

I’m a first generation console game and I’m turning 50 later this year. Why aren’t there more games in politics already so we can focus on the real matter at hand repeatedly carting out a two decades old trope that has no basis in fact?

Mitch McConnell is an assclown (says gov’t can’t prevent school shootings)

Mitch McConnell is an assclown (says gov't can't prevent school shootings)

U.S. Senate Majority Assclown Mitch McConnell

This past Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was addressing a group of community leaders in Danville, Kentucky. When the subject of school shootings came up McConnell said there was nothing the Federal Government could do to prevent future ones from happening.

“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell told a group of community leaders in Danville Tuesday.

“You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington, I think it’s basically a local decision,” he said.

If that isn’t passing the buck I don’t know what is. President Truman is probably turning in his grave.

I don’t know if Senator McConnell is aware of this, but he’s a member of the legislative branch of the Federal Government. It’s kind of their job, as the name implies, to pass federal legislation. So, what kind of federal legislation could Congress pass to try to prevent future school shootings? How about offering federal assistance to people in need of mental healthcare? Or they could pass legislation regulating, or outlawing, the private sale of guns where background checks aren’t required. They could enact laws requiring the prosecution of ‘responsible’ gun-owning parents who allow their unsecured guns to be used in a school shooting. They could also raise the federal age limit of gun ownership to at least 21, although personally, I think 25 would be more apropos. The possibilities are endless.

What Senator McConnell obviously means is that the party he leads refuses to do anything about preventing school shootings because not only would it mean compromising with the opposing party, but it would also risk jeopardizing that sweet sweet gun lobby money.

Sometimes the measure of a man’s worth is standing up for what’s right rather than supporting what keeps you employed.

(Sources)
USA Today
Herald Leader

Steam pulls ‘school shooter’ game from its store

Steam pulls 'school shooter game from its store

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.

By the way, Hatred is still available on Steam.

Can we unclench over ‘school shooting video games’?

Can we unclench over 'school shooting video games'?

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 several instances 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.

With school shootings, nothing ever changes

With school shootings, nothing ever changes.

I’m so very tired.

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.

Is Steam a breeding ground for school shooters?

Is Steam a breeding ground for school shooters?

Don’t forget, when a headline asks a question the answer is usually no, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Steam, it’s the most popular platform for PC gamers to purchase and download their video games. Like most platforms and social networks, Steam also has a community section where users can start their own communities to discuss a varying number of topics. Unfortunately, a number of these communities are tributes to Columbine and school shooters.

According to a Motherboard article searching Steam’s groups for “school shooter” returns 248 results. A similar article from Slate clams there are at least 173 groups on Steam that glorify school shootings. This isn’t the first time Steam has come under fire for being associated with a school shooting, as Aztec High School shooter, William Atchison, was a Steam user and posted several racist diatribes on the platform.

Does this mean there’s some credence to the alleged link between video games and school shootings? Not in the least. If anything, it lends credence to my theory that kids who identify with school shooters, known as columbiners, who hang out in these communities are more likely to be a school shooter than your typical gamer. Communities like this have been around since Columbine became a thing, and have been on multiple platforms. There have been message boards dedicated to the cowardly Columbine killers, not to mention communities that go as far back as being on LiveJournal. Today, they exist on platforms like Tumblr among others.

What concerns me is a lot of these gamers who are posting on Steam are kids, and it’s obvious their parents have no idea what their kids are up to online. The parents are either unwilling to take the time to check on their kids, are too impatient to learn the technology kids use, or are too trusting of their kids and would rather be their friend than their parent. If one of your kids has a Columbine or school shooting obsession do something about it. It’s not just a phase, it’s a sign of mental illness. Get them help before they hurt themselves or someone else. Getting them help doesn’t make you a failure as a parent, you’re a failure if you don’t.

Thanks to Ryan for the tip.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

UPDATE: Other groups are proposing a similar walkout but, for March 14th. I’m more comfortable with this date.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an anonymous Twitter account and a Change.org petition are calling for school students to walk out of class in order to protest the gun violence that continues to plague our nation’s schools. To be honest, I have no problem with this and I’m optimistic to see kids actually trying to do something to try to prevent school violence.

The problem I have is the date they chose. April 20th, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. I would suggest that whatever entity or organization is trying to coordinate this event pick a different date. Of course, I understand the significance of the date, but what the organizers may not understand is that April 20th is the high (un)holy day for would-be copycat shooters. I’ve lost count of the number of plots and attacks that were planned for the anniversary of Columbine before the plotters were arrested. While to my knowledge no successful attack has ever been carried out on April 20th since Columbine, this proposed walkout may present too tempting of a target for a potential shooter.

If this movement were to gain nationwide traction, I implore you to move the walkout to a different date. Even then, so many students congregating outside of the country’s schools may be a hazard regardless of the date.

For the last time, psychiatric drugs do NOT cause school shootings

So I go to the vast cultural void that is Facebook, and I see people posting memes and bullshit about mass shooters and psychiatric drugs. You know, things like this…

People who post bullshit like this are the reason that seeking professional mental healthcare in this country is so stigmatized. You are all Luddites who are just as bad as anti-vaxxers, if not worse. You people, and please take that in the most derogatory way possible, are a bigger cause of mass shootings than the drugs you demonize. You are a big reason why people who are suffering in silence every day won’t go to get the help they need. Some of you may as well have pulled the trigger yourself.

Hell, let’s even analyze the pitiful meme I posted that’s being passed around the world’s restroom wall that is Facebook. I’m going to focus on the top row because those four are school shooters I recognize. From the top left, Dylan Klebold from Columbine was not on any kind of psychiatric drug. His partner, Eric Harris was on Luvox but he’s only half the equation. You can’t blame Columbine on psych drugs if only one of the shooters was taking them. Next is Cho Seung-Hui from Virginia Tech. No drugs, prescription or otherwise, were found in his system. And of course, the little troll on the end is Adam Lanza from the Sandy Hook shootings. While he had a history of psychiatric problems, no drugs were found in his body either. I’ll even give you a bonus one. Stephen Kazmierczak, who ten years to the day before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killed 5 at Northern Illinois University. He had been taking Prozac but had stopped taking it three days before the shooting. However, Prozac doesn’t leave your system quick enough for there to be that much of an emotional change.

Then again, that’s another problem with your deadly conspiracy theory. You can’t make up your minds whether or not being on meds causes violence or being off of them does. And yes, it is a conspiracy theory. I defy you to find a peer-reviewed medical study that connects medications to school shootings. Not a link from WND or Free Republic and not one from Natural News or Huffington Post either since you dolts seem to run the political spectrum. Try not using the term Big Pharma either. You might as well say jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.

I was going through the archives of this site and I came across this post I made five years ago about a coalition who believed antidepressants caused school shootings. The coalition was made up of gun rights advocates, Scientologists and physician-skeptics. So that means people who shoot themselves while cleaning their guns, people who think essential oils can cure cancer, and a cult that believes evil aliens inhabit your body and will get rid of them for a nominal fee think that medicine is bad. That is the company you keep.

Again, you all need to learn the phrase ‘Correlation does not imply causation’.

In conclusion, you’re an anti-science Luddite who has no compassion for those with mental illness. You should feel bad, you’re a horrible person, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Thanks to Nick for the tip.

A gun is a coward’s weapon

A gun is a coward's weapon

I’m done. For 18 years I stood up for the rights of ‘responsible’ gun owners but no more. After yesterday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17, mostly children, dead, I reached my breaking point. While I realize that shootings like this are part of the plane crash principle, where you only hear about the planes that crash and not the ones that make it safely, if there had been three plane crashes with massive losses of life since the beginning of the year, you bet your ass there would be calls for regulation against the airline industry. Yet when it comes to guns we just throw our hands up and go ‘What can we do, it’s in the Constitution.’ You know what else was in the Constitution: slavery, prohibition, and denying women the right to vote but all of those have been changed. Now it’s time to change the Second Amendment which hasn’t been changed in centuries. I’m not talking about gun control, I’m talking about gun eradication. Sorry to you responsible gun owners, but the bad apples have spoiled the bunch. No grandfather clauses and no exceptions. But you hunt? Too bad. Welcome to bow season motherfucker.

And don’t give me that shit about Nazi Germany stripping their citizens of weapons. You’re not living in Nazi Germany. This is the modern-day and if you can’t recognize that the landscape has changed since then, you’re an idiot. “But what if we need to defend ourselves against the government?” You mean the government that hasn’t come after you in over 200 years? Bitch, please. If the government wanted to become a dictatorship there’s no amount of guns that compares to those owned by the US Military. Plus you sound you like should join one of those whack job militia groups that hole up in the woods. Speaking of militias you’ll say that the Constitution guarantees that we’re entitled to a well-regulated militia. What do you think the National Guard is?

I still believe that the main causes of school shootings are lack of sufficient mental healthcare, the stigma of seeking psychological help, and the over-inflated sense of entitlement these cowards have. But what else do they all have in common? The gun. But since most of you also think that healthcare isn’t a right and should be expensive, fewer people who need it aren’t getting the treatment they should.

Also, some of you thinks the solution to that is to arm teachers. That’s one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Sure, let’s put even more guns in our schools. I’m sure teachers will act like perfect automatons when it comes to the handling of firearms and not one will be lost or misused.

The gun is not a multipurpose tool. It’s only purpose is to destroy whatever is put in front of it. Another argument I hear is that baseball bats are used to kill people and they’re still legal. Baseball bats can’t be swung 45 times a minute or used from a distance of hundreds of feet away or from a window that is ten stories up.

I’m also sick of the good guy with a gun myth. Where do you think most bad guys with guns get theirs? Either purchased legally or stolen from a ‘responsible’ gun owner. Let’s also talk about the overly used ‘Guns don’t kill people’ trope. While it does take a person to pull the trigger of a gun to kill someone, the gun makes it a whole lot easier to do so. Then there’s the ‘If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns’ trope. You’ve got to start somewhere and it seems to be working ok for Australia, who banned guns after the Port Arthur massacre and has seen a steady decline in homicides since enacting the legislation.

Do I think that police and military should be disarmed? No. Don’t be ridiculous. However, most of the police and military go through a career’s worth of training to learn how to handle their weapons in highly volatile situations. While they’re not always perfect, they do a hell of a lot better job than most armed civilians who sometimes can’t even clean their guns without shooting themselves or a loved one.

Have I pissed you off? I don’t care. You’re clinging to a belief that died when the US became a military superpower. You no longer have to worry about King George trying to tax your tea. Your thinking is fossilized and belongs in the dustbin of history. Want to unfriend me? Fine, then obviously our friendship wasn’t that strong. Want to stop reading my site? That’s fine too. Have fun wrapping yourself in your comfortable little bubbles on Facebook where you only commiserate with people who think exactly like you. God forbid you should step outside of your narrow world view. Call me a liberal communist if you want. I was registered Republican until 2016 whereas now I’m officially unaffiliated with any party. They both suck for their own reasons.

In summation, guns suck and serve no purpose in modern society except for inflicting death.