bionic wrote:so awful
I have to wonder how much online gaming and online encouragement (via boards and the like) pushing guns and violence, in general has to do with this.
A-lot of these young guys say stuff online like, "I am gonna go off soon" and nobody really takes it seriously. Some even encourage that talk. Maybe not realizing , while they themselves are not being serious, the person to whom they are communicating is. Or maybe someone viewing or listening to their conversation is more serious, and is feeling encouraged. I am not saying this is happening, but I do have to wonder. I feel with all the online, public talks we have, not knowing how we might be encouraging or discouraging someone in this way, we should, at least, take a moment to consider it.
They are saying he might have been on the autistic spectrum. I know that very high functioning autistics and asperger folks can sometimes have a really hard time with human interelations and empathy. This can set them up for being bullied or ostracized. Which, in turn, can create a monster in them over time, because of their lack of empathy issues.
I remember that one guy, the Virginia Tech shootings. He was also on the spectrum. This all concerns me personally, because as many of you know, my son is on the spectrum. He, though, very loving, has also shown that he does not get human emotion and empathy the way regular people do. Also, as he is going through puberty, with his testosterone levels rising, I have noticed a rise in his anger and agression issues.
I get that, I really do and I have a son with those same problems. He inherited it all from me, I grew up fine despite those problems. I haven't gone on any shooting sprees and I've owned plenty of assault weapons in my time. Sure I'm a dick, which I'm working on it, but that isn't illegal...yet. I can certainly see my son getting into further trouble because of this tragedy though. It's not that I have zero empathy, I just don't feel sorry for stupid people. I also find the image of lazy entitlement cases being hit by a bus extremely humorous and it makes me giggle.
I'm a huge fan of karma, she's awesome, and love to see people get exactly what they have coming to them. The only thing that makes it funnier is when they have plenty of warning.