Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I Don't Like Mondays *Sigh*




Last night another in a long line of dipsticks struck at a shopping mall here in Salt Lake.
I don’t know all the details, but it would seem that last night, while people were enjoying a night out at the up-scale mall, Trolley Square, a teen aged scum bag - waste of skin, walked in with a shot gun and a back pack full of ammo, with the intension of randomly killing folk.
Why?
What went wrong inside this kid’s head?
Who or what do you blame? Video games? TV violence? Rap music? Alien abduction?
I’ve already read a blog this morning blaming the NRA and the 2nd amendment. Personally, I think that the writer of that particular blog is a first class dipstick in his own right. While not being a fan of the NRA, I also don’t believe that they had anything to do with the events of last night, to say that they did is only politically motivated, shallow thinking, hogwash. A lie that demeans the dead and obscures the true motivations of the shooter. If he had any motives at all beyond his adolescent desire to die and to take a few people with him.
If that’s the case… why? Why, if you were so set on shuffling off that mortal coil, why would you feel it necessary to take others with you? Why not pop a bunch of pills and quietly drift away in your bedroom? I’m not advocating that at all, by the way. I can’t imagine anything so big that you’d want to end it all. But then, that’s just me.
Did he want fame? His 15 minutes where everybody knew his name? Does that really matter to his corpse? Does the limelight extend all the way in to a slab in the coroner’s office? If there is an afterlife, does the fame and infamy act as a cool breeze while you’re burning in Hell?
I don’t know. It seems like such a waste. No, let me rephrase that. It is such a waste. And now, even now, while I type this, lawmakers are debating new and draconian gun control laws, that will do exactly jack. They will be praised for their bravery and for doing something about gun violence, while in actuality, they will have made the problem worse, because they will have overlooked the real cause for the violence. What is the real cause? I don’t know. But I know that the cause was not the gun. The firearm was peripheral. It was secondary to the act. Had he not gotten a gun, he would have gotten a knife, or an axe, or a sword, or a board with a nail in it… something. The cause of this heinous act was not a gun, or a weapon of any kind… it was a young person who’s wiring got crossed. How did the song go? The one by Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats… “I Don’t Like Mondays.”

The silicon chip inside her head

Gets switched to overload

And nobody's gonna go to school today

She's going to make them stay at home

And daddy doesn't understand it

He always said she was as good as gold

And he can see no reason

Cos there are no reasons

What reason do you need to be shown

Tell me whyI don't like Mondays

I want to shoot

The whole day down

The telex machine is kept so clean

As it types to a waiting world

And mother feels so shocked

Father's world is rocked

And their thoughts turn to

Their own little girl

Sweet 16 ain't that peachy keen

No, it ain't so neat to admit defeat

They can see no reasons

Cos there are no reasons

What reason do you need to be shown

Tell me why

I don't like Mondays

I want to shoot

The whole day down

All the playings stopped in the playground now

She wants to play with her toys a while

And school's out early and soon we'll be learning

And the lesson today is how to die

And then the bullhorn crackles

And the captain crackles

With the problems and the how's and why's

And he can see no reasons

Cos there are no reasons

What reason do you need to die

The silicon chip ...

Tell me why

I don't like Mondays

I want to shoot

The whole day down

I think that says it all right there. If our politicians could find the real reason for this kind of tragedy and then work to correct it, the right way, this world would be so much better for it… but they won’t. They’ll ignore the real cause, and put a band-aid on the aesthetics, so that they can get the sound bite, and more people will die.
What a world eh?
Update:
Found out today that the shooter was a Muslim. I don’t know what bearing that will be in the investigation… but it is interesting don’t ya think? Don’t get me wrong. I’ve met a few Muslims and those that I’ve met seem to be very good people. But why is it, lately, that it seems to be the Muslims that are going nuts? Maybe it’s just their turn.
Crazy fracked up world.

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