15 comments on “After Aurora

  1. Hey Dre,
    A lot of great points here as unusual. For some strange reason ( I could guess why) the press always focuses on the guns and ignores the bombs like the ones that James Holmes had in his car and home. In the Columbine Shootings, the two losers had 95 BOMBS! Yet the media ignored it for the most part and the Michael Moore propaganda movie “Bowling for Columbine” walked right past it. They see what they want to see and promote what they want to promote. I have a question; why is it that when Muslim terrorists attack us we’re very concerned as to why they are so angry at us, but when young white males go off like this we never seem to ask or care what’s got them so angry. We just write them off as nutcases or start blaming guns or videos. Are we afraid of the answer?

    • Hey HC,

      “I have a question; why is it that when Muslim terrorists attack us we’re very concerned as to why they are so angry at us, but when young white males go off like this we never seem to ask or care what’s got them so angry. We just write them off as nutcases or start blaming guns or videos. Are we afraid of the answer?”

      My only guess (and this might be a stretch, considering the Columbine gang) is that a lone gunman like this Holmes nut is not affiliated with an organization with an agenda, thereby making his actions more psychotic in nature; as opposed to him being a terrorist. But I’m being nice here. I’d call that little bastard a terrorist in heartbeat…and torture his ass. Later for all that psyche evaluation stuff. That’s the conservative part of me coming out.

      • I’m not sure if you’re completely correct, Dre. Remember the Flint stabber? Even after it was revealed that he was of Arabic descent, people weren’t calling him a terrorist.

      • Hey Dre,
        I didn’t mean to equate him with a terrorist organization, I simply meant that we don’t seem to be looking very hard into what’s setting all these young, white males off as a group. A lot of straight young white males are telling me very passionately that they are tired off be
        ing blamed day in and day out by their schools, mainstream media and non YWMs for every ill that has befallen every group in this country. I don’t think most non white males know what it’s like to never be the victim and always be viewed as the perpetrator. It seems that everyone is bent on turning women, blacks, hispanics, gays, etc. against us as a group. I know a lot of people will just say “So what, it’s your turn.”, But this feeling of low self worth coupled with constant attacks by the media is breeding anger. I just think we may be missing something when we don’t even ask why they are so angry.

      • @Calvin,
        Your right Calvin, even after it was revealed that he was of Arabic descent, people weren’t calling him a terrorist. They were, however, calling him a white male before he was arrested and some were even calling him a WM afterward. Much like they referred to George Zimmerman as “White” or “White and Hispanic” even though on his Myspace page he self-identified as Hispanic/Latino.

  2. Good post, Dre. But let me ask you a question. What if this happened at a rap concert and the shooter was black? Do you think the media coverage would be the same?

    • J. Alex :
      What if this happened at a rap concert and the shooter was black? Do you think the media coverage would be the same?

      Absolutely not. If a black guy shot up a bunch of people at a Jay Z concert, the media would’ve reported this as a stinging indictment of urbanization, rap, and the culture of violence in the black community. There’s no way on the planet the media would’ve allowed the term “mentally ill” to enter the discussion if the shooter was black.

  3. I totally agree with you Andre and I love that fact that you express your opinion. It’s great and I look forward to more. I would also like to add “Those who possess the power are those who set the rules.”

  4. I don’t have a problem with logical gun control. The reason that we are where we are is because of the refusal of states to give it’s citizens the right to carry concealed weapons for their personal protection. If law abiding citizens were allowed to carry a weapon for protection there would be less objections to gun control.

    • Good point Finch,
      I saw on the news that there were several “no weapons allowed” signs at the theatre. I have to wonder if that played into his choice of crime scenes.

  5. You could argue that we ALL have some kind of issues, since none of us are perfect. But to say a man pursuing a PhD as an honors student was mentally ill, is a lie and a cop out. This guy isn’t crazy. This is just his way of trying to cleverly cheat the system. A mentally ill person can’t perfectly “booby-trap” their home. If they let him off on mentally ill charges, it does show a form of racism, preference, and unfair judgement. Even if a black male was not a drug dealer, or a drug addict. they would still charge him with 1st degree murder, in a week. The country would go insanely crazy if it was a Muslim. Sadly, it IS true that what a person looks like impacts how they are labeled and judged.

  6. To the people calling for gun control, let me ask you: How many guns did Timothy McVeigh use when he terrorized Oklahoma City? What about Dahmer, Bundy, and Kazinsky? I’ll give you a hint: it’s a number lower than one. Guns aren’t the problem. Psychopaths are.

    • Silly conservative. Politricks are for kids.

      This shooting and all the other ones before it should force us to re-examine the 2nd Amendment; and for the first time, those two words “GUN CONTROL” jump out, but are always ignored by your types.

      I mean, come on dude. The Constitutional framers you romanticized wrote laws about muskets that took FOREVER to load, not weaponry that can spray out hundreds of bullets a minute. They had SOMETHING in mind, other than what we have now … which is an ongoing string of random mass murders by guns blazing psychopaths, with increasing frequency.

      And even if contemporary forms of gun controls aren’t exactly what they had in mind, it certainly seems to me to be WAY MORE than enough of a valid constitutional basis for having some rational controls in place, to avoid further scenarios like Aurora. How you can’t see that is beyond me.

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