Elliot Rogers: Another Scary Shooting (May 24th)

I just found out that a shooting had occurred where several people were killed and several were injured. Elliot Rogers was a 22 year old man that was a gunman who committed these acts. He crashed his BMW and ended up shooting himself in the head. Come to find out, Elliot Rogers was the son of an assistant Director of the "Hunger Games". But I'm sort of confused if he's the one who really did it but the clues are all pointing in that direction.

Now my opinion about this is that this is a really sad and scary thing to happen. I found this news report  that has a video which was made by the gunner only hours before he began his shooting. Yet again, it reminds me of the Columbine Shooting where the gunners had a wealthy background but still had such an issue where they wanted blood. This is definitely creepy how he depicts himself in the video. You don't have to read the whole article but please check out the video at the bottom of my source. What makes a seemingly normal person do this? Mental illness? Abuse? Separation issues? Desperation?




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It is a sad and scary thing.  I shuddered a little when I read that the alleged reason for this act was that he felt he had been rejected by females.  I have been watching my daughter go through a slow, painful process of breaking up with her boyfriend, and I find myself worrying about her, and his, safety.  This is a good young man who made some scary statements about any future that didn't include her.  My daughter said, "He is losing it." 

He is an ex-Marine who has done some time in Afghanistan.  I completely respect him for this, but I worry that more and more, it seems, people who "lose it" take it out on others before they do themselves in.  Suicide just isn't enough any more, apparently. 

What saddens me is that because of the nature of life here in the U.S., that thought went through my head.  We would be defenseless if he came here in a desperate bid to end his pain over the breakup.  I even had the thought of buying a gun myself when I passed a gun shop yesterday, as if I could ever defend us against a Marine with combat experience. 

It used to be that breaking up was just hard to do, but now it feels dangerous to do too.  I don't know what the answer is, except for loving our own kids, family, and friends as best we can, and trying to better society in ways that might limit this desperation and hate that breeds the need for vengeance.

Yikes, Diane that is scary shit.  Hopefully nothing happens.

Get him some counseling. What is it with these pathetic fools who just can't get over a girl?

You got over me already? Say it isn't so!

Sounds like he might have other issues that complicate a healthy life-view.

Or get him a pet. I think I love my cat more than I loved any girlfriend.

...Men are afraid women will shun them. Women are afraid men will kill them.

Fatal Attraction- the movie. Roles are reversed. I know, it's a movie.

Very good comment there Robert, and sadly all too true

When should schoolbooks first tell students:

  • of the 1-to-1.5 percent of adult males who exhibit sociopathic behaviors?
  • of the approx. 0.5 percent of adult females who exhibit such behaviors?
  • of the 20-to-25 percent of incarcerated adult males who exhibit such behaviors?
  • of how skillfully, and how successfully, they persuade others to believe them?

I met my first sociopath when I was in my mid-forties. He held a high elective office and one day his ability to tell me what I wanted to hear amazed me. I returned to my parked car not knowing if I had a knife in my back.

Weeks later I met a man who had worked in his campaign 20 years earlier and told me he didn't know how to explain the man's behavior. I then met the man's adult sister who told me she was very saddened by what happened to him.

Such people live among us and can seem so likable.

Their predatory gaze might be the first warning you get.

Wikipedia will tell you more.

I believe part of the problem is that kids grow up in a very unnatural, emotionally peer-competitive social environment. We looked into home-schooling for our kids and were surprised to see how emotionally well adjusted home schooled kids tend to be, in spite of their highly reduced exposure to classroom environments. The key imo is that kids exposed to a wider range of social associates--ala kids and adults with varying ranges of maturity gain a wider, healthy world view, as opposed to the kids thrown into classes where the majority of their world view can only be formed by other kids that are at exactly the same age and similarly blinded world view. Hormones and vanity become the peer-level forces that take over classroom kids lives, and imo their overal social maturity can suffer greatly from it. I could be wrong... I need to do more reading and research in this area.

Anyway, a reason I mention this to you is because of your anxiety about life after high school. A very positive aspect of it is that you'll be subjected to much less purely peer-level experiences and pressures, and you'll have more freedoom to live in an adult world, and even a younger generation's world... whereever your feet can take you, that's what you can experience, now. A temporary work position can earn you enough $ to do other things, even if it's just to buy some bus tickets to go out and explore the lgbt resources and friendships that are out there. Just keep moving on and into whatever new experiences you can, and gain that healthy world view (and wisdom, eventually) that so many people are too lazy or unappreciative of to seek.


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