Why liberals call mass murders “senseless”
Worth reading in the aftermath of the Dark Knight massacre is my April 2007 essay on the Virginia Tech massacre and society’s habit of describing such crimes as “senseless.” Here are excerpts of the article:
In the coverage and commentary on the Virginia Tech massacre I see no signs that America has learned the lesson it needs to learn if such events are to be prevented in the future. Thus President Bush and many others call the crime “senseless.” But there was nothing senseless about it. A young man, deeply alienated and isolated and filled with hatred, was descending ever deeper into demonism and openly revealing his homicidal imaginings and impulses to the people around him. This is a well-known phenomenon. Something very similar happened just a few years ago at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The pattern is understood. There was nothing senseless about the killer’s behavior. It was entirely intelligible.After my essay there was an enlightening readers’ discussion which showed that under our present system, there is no sure way to stop known psychopaths from buying guns.
That was an A+ post. It was probably about then that I added “senseless” to the list of key words that indicated I was dealing with someone who was unable or unwilling to figure out and deal with what was going on.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 24, 2012 11:30 AM | Send