It was just after midnight last Friday, when the horrendous event of mass murder in an Aurora, Colorado theater occurred. I awakened just before 5 a.m., and turned on the news. Not much information in the confusion at that point, however shortly after hearing the news I wrote the posted article “Bullying, Shootings, Shoutings, Attention-Getting Tactics & You and I.”
Now three days later, after 24-7 coverage in the news, we have more information about events, however most still asking Why? Everyday more and more details revealed about the shooter. Reports are he is a 24 year old male, living in an apartment near the theater and his rampage. According to the news, he is well educated, with college degrees, comes from a very nice family living in San Diego. Spent most of his life going to school, but held short-term job, apparently long enough to be drawing unemployment.
It’s reported he is a quiet loner type, with no criminal record and only one speeding ticket. On one of the social media there were pictures claimed to be him, appearing in one of the “Occupy” rebellions a few months back. But not certain if the photograph is actually him.
When captured by police just outside the theater, he was dressed from head to toe in black, riot type gear, and had a rifle, two hand-guns, a knife, wearing a bullet-proof vest, helmet, a gas device, military swat-type clothing, and unidentified explosives in his car. Law enforcement reported to CBS news, he was wearing leg, groin and throat protection.
He had dyed his hair red, and when approached by police identified himself as “The Joker” and surrendered without resistance, informing the police his apartment was “booby-trapped.”
He had entered the theater shortly after the showing of a “Batman” movie was in progress, threw cannisters of a substance claimed to be tear-gas, and began rapid firing into the crowd of movie-goers. It’s reported 12 were killed and over fifty injured from gun-fire. Also reported police swarmed the theater within minutes of the killing spree.
In the past three days, it is reported his arsenal of fire arms had all been purchased legally in the last few months. It’s reported he had acquired over $20,000 in gear and guns, booby-traps, body armor, and materials for booby-trapping his apartment, designed to kill whoever opened the door.
It’s reported he was pursuing a Ph.D in neuroscience, and had recently dropped out of college. And had high grades in school. It’s reported he attended college paid for by grants. Most likely government grants.
So here’s a twenty-four year old, who has spent his life in schools, paid for by someone else. Having only worked a few months, someone else was paying for his food, roof over his head, utilities, vehicle, and all the expenses of living for 24 years. Telephone, computer and all the perks he enjoyed, in his everyday living expenses.
Then to top it all off, had acquired over $20,000 worth of extracurricular stuff to finance his venture, playing the role as a nemesis of the Joker in the movie Batman.
On this Monday morning, the accused, James Holmes, has just made a televised court appearance. Looking dazed and dumb-founded, his red-orange dyed hair bobbing around, comparable to one with a hang-over after a drunken spree. An aftermath appearance from one who had so carefully planned his 15 minutes of fame, mowing down unarmed innocent victims, obviously feeling so powerful with an arsenal of guns and tear-gas.
While so many are wondering why. A number of psychiatrists and psychologists appearing on the news giving their opinions as to why. I heard two lady professionals analyze the behavior as attention seeking. Which to me was quite obvious from the outset. And the cause could be found in the tax-supported, socialized school system. One who has spent his life living and feeding at the trough of hard-working tax-payers, who have funded his non-productive life. A young man denied the self-responsibility and self-control, because “Society” handed him everything as a product of the socialized school system. Probably bored and seeking ways to fulfill his “Need” for attention, recognition and fame, he devised a way to have it without working nor producing anything.
If he had been taught the responsibility of Freedom, and raised with a value system of a work ethic to sustain and be responsible for himself, instead of the “System” spoon feeding into his lifestyle of living well, while others supporting him, he would have had a better chance of turning out differently. Obviously, at 24 years old, he had done nothing to earn his keep, so to speak.
If his desire was to play the role of a movie character, why did he not get a job on a movie lot to work in the movies, for attention, recognition, and fame? No, no, he decided to stay in school on someone else’s dime, and plotting what to do without working, to fulfill his bullying notion for notoriety.
Of his own volition he chose this destructive route, well-planned and plotted carefully, to achieve his 15 minutes of fame.
Continued in PART TWO
LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC