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Guns in the media and the SPU shooting

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Apparently it’s not the media’s job to inform anymore but to incite. It’s not about reporting the facts anymore, it’s about how to get as many pageviews and clickthroughs as possible and the best way to do that is to piss people off. For example, take an article from the Seattle Times about Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra.

The headline from the article is “SPU shooting suspect once had AK-47, 7 other firearms at home”. The article constantly mentions that Ybarra’s family owned the guns but not him. The article also goes on to state that the guns in question were stolen from the home and none of the guns mentioned were the one that Ybarra used when he killed SPU student Paul Lee.

The article also obsesses over the fact that one of the guns owned by the Ybarra family was an AK-47. I don’t know why the AK-47 keeps getting demonized just because it’s one of the most mass-produced guns in the entire world. It’s the Toyota Camry of guns. It is no more or less deadly than any other gun but for some reason the media has this obsession over the AK-47.

What really gets me is that while the article obsesses over guns that had no part whatsoever in the SPU shooting it totally buries the lede in the article.

Aaron Ybarra and his family members kept eight firearms in a safe at their Mountlake Terrace home, even though Ybarra had been hospitalized in 2010 after hearing the voice of Columbine killer Eric Harris telling him to hurt people, documents say.

Emphasis mine.

So let’s blame the shooting on guns and not the fact that he’s a psychotic mutant.

While I consider myself to be a centrist on the issue of guns having guns in the house is not like having some kind of radioactive element in the house that infects everybody with wanting to kill disease by being exposed to it.

Was the Reynolds High School shooter a Mormon extremist?

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What have I told you about headlines that ask questions? The answer of course is no but we’ll get to the why in a moment.

A lot of media outlets are now reporting that the Reynolds High School shooter, Jared Michael Padgett, had a journal where in it he wrote that he wanted to kill the sinners in his school who smoked and used the Lord’s name in vain. As I mentioned previously, Padgett’s family belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormons.

I think the Mormons get an undeserved bad rap. A lot of people look down on them including other Christian denominations who view them as a cult. Granted they have some unorthodox beliefs and they’re founding history is full of scandal but for the most part I’ve found that Mormons are some of the nicest and friendliest people I have ever met. They have probably done more good around the world through their missions than most religions combined. Violence is usually not their way. However there are offshoots of the Mormon Church that I would definitely classify as what the professionals would call whack-a-doodle. You know the ones. The ones that have compounds, still practice polygamy, believe in child brides, get frequently raided by the government, and stockpile a lot of guns.

Since I believe that Padgett suffered from paranoia and a persecution complex I wonder if he was researching these more extreme groups that fit into his opinion about guns and possibly anti-government sentiments more than the LDS church did.

Was the Reynolds High School shooter a Nazi?

nonazis Here’s a little tip for you. If a headline is a question, 99% of the time the answer is going to be no. This is one of those times.

A lot has been said about a classroom disagreement that Reynolds High gunman, Jared Michael Padgett, had with his classmates during a discussion about The Holocaust and Hitler. Some media outlets have tried to make it seem like Padgett was a Nazi sympathizer. That wouldn’t be too far of a stretch because there have been previous school shooters who have identified with the Nazis, Jeff Weise jumps immediately to mind.

However the teacher involved with the discussion contacted the local media to put the discussion into perspective. Basically the teacher said that Padgett more identified with the Holocaust victims and others who have been persecuted for their beliefs.

While that doesn’t make him a Nazi it may make him paranoid with the belief that he was part of a persecuted group. Padgett was Mormon but I think the persecuted group that he was really referring to are gun enthusiasts. It seems that Padgett leaned toward the right in his political beliefs and belonged to some pro-2nd Amendment groups on Facebook. Do I think that means that every conservative gun owner is a killer waiting to happen? No, not at all. What I’m getting at is that Padgett may have had a delusional persecution complex and prior studies have shown that a lot of school shooters react out of some form of paranoia.

Kids Padgett’s age have a tough time distinguishing the signal from the noise when it comes to certain political influences no matter if they lean left or right. If he was being fed some kind conspiracy B.S. by some he held in high regard it probably led to and fueled his persecution complex.

This is in no way to excuse what he did. What he did was an act of cowardice and should be looked upon as such.

Reynolds High victim and shooter identified

Oregon school shooting: Gunman identified as freshman Jared Michael Padgett:

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The victim from the school shooting at Reynolds High in Oregon has been identified as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman. So far police have been unable to find any connection to his killer, 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett. Authorities have said that Pagdett took hos own life after exchanging gunfire with police.

The media seems to be making a big deal that Padgett was wielding an AR-15 ‘assault rifle’. I’m more concerned about how he was able to obtain the gun in the first place. Reports say he was able to remove it from its secured location and was owned by his family. Apparently the weapon wasn’t as secure as they thought.

If you choose to own a gun and you have kids in your home the gun can never be too secure.

UPDATE 6/25/2014: The gun used in the shooting belonged to Padgett’s older brother, but there is still no word on how the gun was secured and how Padgett was able to obtain it.

SPU shooter went off his meds to ‘feel the hate’

Prosecutor: Seattle campus shooter went off meds:

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Prosecutors in Seattle say that SPU gunman Aaron Ybarra went off his stopped taking his psychiatric medication before he went on his shooting spree because he wanted to ‘fell the hate’. No word yet on what the medication in question was but this will open the door once again for the anti-psychiatry Luddites to blame the shooting on his meds, even though they can never make up their minds if being on the meds or off the meds makes someone violent. With this evidence this leads me to believe that Ybarra was very cognizant of what he was planning since he was supposedly still on them when deciding to go on this shooting spree. I wonder is his mother knew if he was off his meds since she was the one who previously refused to have him detained.

Ybarra is also said to have had the pre-requisite journal in which he noted his admiration for the cowards from Columbine and Virginia Tech. That officially does make him a mutant or Columbiner if you will.

It was also noted that Ybarra may have scoped out other colleges besides SPU. Still no word on motive or why he picked SPU except for when he told police that he had hatred for the world in general.

He is facing a life sentence on first degree murder charges.

UPDATE 6/30/2014: Ybarra recently pleaded not guilty and his attorney is said to be pursuing an insanity defense.

One student and gunman dead at Reynolds High shooting

Gunman And Student Killed In Shooting:

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One student has been killed and the gunman is believed to have taken his own life during a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. So far, to my knowledge, the identities of the victim and the gunman have not yet been released.

I am saddened that another shooting has happened but unfortunately I’m not surprised. Recently there have been three very high-profile shootings in the US, Isla Vista, Las Vegas, and Seattle Pacific University. A lot of times high-profile shootings will influence other shootings but I can’t remember a time since there were 4 that were this close together.

What we can we do to prevent copycats? That’s the age-old question. I think the only way to prevent copycats from sprouting up would not to be report the events at all and that’s not a realistically viable solution. The public has every right to know what dangers lurk in their area especially if it could involve their children. Even if the media was to not release the names of the shooters I don’t think that would go very far in stopping copycats.

Shootings like this are usually a sign of mental illness. I think the best way to prevent not only copycats but these mass shootings in general is to do away with the stigma of seeking professional mental help. While I wasn’t planning any kind of violence I did reach out and sought professional help many times to help with my depression. I am not ashamed to admit it and neither should anyone else. If you need help get it and if you know someone who needs help, help them and support them.

More on the SPU shooting

Seattle Pacific shooting: Despite ‘rage inside,’ Aaron Ybarra found ‘not detainable’:

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Another day has passed and a clearer picture is starting to emerge about what happened at Seattle Pacific University and maybe even a little bit of the why.

First off please allow me to extend my prayers and condolences to the friends and family of 19-year-old Paul Lee. Mr. Lee was the lone fatality in the shootings.

Getting back to the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, most reports are stating that Ybarra had severe mental issues and substance abuse issues. In 2010 he supposedly told police that he had a rage inside and wanted to kill himself and as many people as possible. In 2011 he went to the ER saying he was hearing the voice of Columbine coward Eric Harris urging him to commit violence. No word on if he wanted to have Dylan Klebold’s ghost babies. In 2012 he is reported to have said that he wanted SWAT to make him famous. So he is a mutant (Columbine fanboy) and this is more than likely a copycat shooting but the question is was he a mutant before or after he started having mental issues? Personally I think you have to have mental issues if you admire two cowards like that.

Speaking of the two cowards it seems that Ybarra may have had similar parenting…

He was twice evaluated by psychiatrists, but was found “not detainable” after his mother refused to have him admitted.

Again as a society we need to remove the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Personally i would rather have someone commit me than be a danger to others. It’s not a question about guns but of mental health. Where do we draw the line when someone’s mental health issues make them a danger to society against their right to freedom? Although I am curious where he got the gun from.

Ybarra is also said to be saying that he’s sorry about the shootings. That was said through his lawyer so take that for what it’s worth. As usual I bet he’s more sorry about being caught before he could take the coward’s way out. Speaking of which he’s on suicide watch. I pray that the he is not successful in taking his own life. His death would only make him a martyr to the Columbiners of the world.

The Seattle Pacific University shooting

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I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the shooting at Seattle Pacific University where four students were shot and unfortunately one of them died at the hospital. I used to post these stories as soon as they happened then I realized it was better to wait a day so all the fallacies that are usually involved with shootings like this can filter themselves out. Even a day later while most of the information has been made available there are still some conflicting reports.

What we do know is that 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra entered the school armed with a shotgun and began firing. Four people were struck before he could reload and while reloading he was subdued by several students including a monitor who pepper-sprayed him. We do know that Ybarra was not a student of the school. What we don’t know yet is motive.

Some reports are saying that he was obsessed with Columbine while others say he merely researched it. There has also been conflicting reports that he had previously visited Columbine itself while others say he didn’t. Does this make a difference? To me it does. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was the Columbine fanboy as some of the reports say that he is. He’d be far from the first and probably not the last. My only surprise is that he’s 26. While not the oldest mutant ever that’s pretty old to still be worshiping the Columbine cowards.

Some reports are saying that he was a nice guy, which we’ve heard about way too many killers, while others have described him as angry, anti-social and disaffected. Also not surprisingly he lived with his parents.

Yesterday there were also reports of a second gunman. Ever since Columbine every one of these shootings have had reports of a second gunmen that never turn out to be true but keep the conspiracy nuts busy. Police reported that there was confusion about a second gunman because of one of the students who was trying to disarm Ybarra.

There have also been reports that Ybarra was socially awkward so don’t be surprised if Asperger’s starts being used as a defense or an excuse. By now you should already know my feelings about that. Asperger’s does not turn people into killers.

I haven’t heard the bullying trope yet either. Even if he was bullied in school so what? He’s been out of high school for at least 7 or 8 years and since he didn’t go to high school at SPU it shouldn’t matter. If you’re still obsessing about your bullies into your late 20s you’ve let them win.

I’m sure the motive will be just like most school shootings. Some guy with an over-inflated sense of entitlement feels that the world owes him something so rather than owning up to his own failures takes it out in violence.

I’m glad that he was taken alive. Too many of these scumbags take the coward’s way out before they can face justice. Unfortunately the governor of Washington has put a moratorium on death sentences.

Anti-bullying video pulled by school district in wake of Sparks Middle School shooting

Washoe district stops showing anti-bullying video ‘Teen Truth’:

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Someone thought this was a good idea

Back in October when 12-year-old Jose Reyes shot and killed teacher Michael Landsberry and himself at Sparks Middle School there was a story that went around that Reyes may have been influenced by an anti-bullying video that depicted a school shooting. At the time the school district denied any knowledge of such video. Now the school district is pulling the video that they had no previous knowledge of.

The movie entitled ‘Teen Truth’ not only depicts a fictional school shooting that was caused by bullying but also showed the infamous security cam footage from Columbine.

Now I’m not here to debate whether or not this video actually influenced Reyes or not. Reyes might have already been a mutant prior to the video. What I am here to say is that this video is flawed and never should have been showed to the kids in the first place because not only was Columbine not caused by bullying, the majority of school shootings in this country were not caused by bullying.

This sounds like some company that wanted to make a fast buck since it was was purchased through a grant from U.S. Department of Education. The government will give a grant to just about any damn thing.

Not to mention as I’ve said many times before bullying is not a justification for mass murder. I was bullied mercilessly when I was in school. Looking back I wish I had stood up to them instead of fearing them. Your school years may seem like forever but in reality they’re just a blip on the overall timeline of your life. Don’t let your bullies define you.

I’m going to see if I can find this movie and give it a proper review.

Sparks Middle shooter was a 12-year-old mutant

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Nevada school shooter had photos of Columbine gunmen on his phone, left 2 suicide notes:

Chilling details, no motive in Nev. school shooting:

For those of you who may not remember back in October of last year 12-year-old Jose Reyes took a gun to Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada and ended up shooting and killing teacher Michael Landsberry and himself. Recently the Sparks police released a 1300 page report about the shootings.

Now normally I don’t blame these shootings on video games and I’m not now but look at some of the video games this 12-year-old had…

Forty-seven of the 69 video games in the boy’s collection were “violent themed first-person shooter or shooter type games” such as “grand Theft Auto V,” ”Assassins Creed” and “Call of Duty 4.”

Who the hell gets these kind of games for a 12-year-old? These are all M-rated games in the US which means they’re not suitable for anyone under 17. While I’m all for adults being able to play any video game they want if a 12-year-old is exposed to violent games like this it can warp their mind in regards to violence. That’s why they have the ratings but the ratings are only as good as the player’s parents.

Speaking of parents, this is actually not surprising considering that it was his parents’ gun that he used and the only excuse they’ve given is they didn’t know that he knew they had a gun. When I was 12 I knew everything that my dad had and where he hid it. Luckily for both of us they were only a couple of vintage Playboys but 12-year-olds know more of your secrets than you think they do. By the way the Reyes’ are not being charged with any crime even though their gun was unlocked and easily accessible.

What strikes me most about this report is that Reyes was in fact a mutant. Again, that’s my term for a fanboy of the Columbine shooters. Reyes had pictures of the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold on his cell phone. On his laptop he also had a copy of the homemade Columbine fanboy masturbatory homemade game Super Columbine Massacre RPG.

Also on his cell phone were two suicide notes that seem to be somewhat conflicting…

In one to “teachers and students,” Allen said the boy “clearly expressed anger … over his belief that he was embarrassed and mistreated at school” and “indicated he would get revenge.”

Reyes wrote that he’d been called gay, lazy, stupid, an idiot, had his money stolen and been accused of wetting his pants.

“Well that all ends. Today I will get revenge on the students and teachers for ruining my life,” he wrote, adding that he would bring a pistol and rifle to school “to shoot you and see how you like it when someone (sic) making fun of you.”

“Have a great death at school,” he said on the one-page note of spiral notebook paper he closed with a drawing of a tombstone that read: “Sparks Middle School 1965-2013.”

But in the second contradictory note to his parents, he said “this shooting is not because of the shooting games, bullying or other stuff.” He said it was because “some bad things in the past cause of me.”

“And now I’m just a monster,” Reyes wrote. “If you hate me and my family doesn’t love me it’s okay. I know that I’m just an idiot. But I love you and I wish the past would be good and better someday.”

It seems like to me that the parenting in the Reyes household went from one extreme to the other. They’re either buying an underage kid M-rated games and letting him do what he wants or he’s getting hit by his father.

With that kind of parenting it should be no surprise the kid turned out like this. It’s just unfortunate that he had to use violence in trying to make up for his own inadequacies and take the life of another.