Speaking of Mass Shootings

And so, everybody is flapping their jaws about El Paso and Dayton. In fact, I’m going to a bit as well. But here is a caveat. Second City Cop tells us that two definitionally mass shootings happened in Chicago’s 010 Police District (on the west side) resulting in 14 shot, and this.

A West Side hospital [The superb Mt. Sanai] was forced to stop accepting patients on the tail end of a violent weekend that has left 47 people been shot, four fatally, across the city.

Saturday night, resources were stretched to the breaking point as officers responded to multiple shootings in Chicago’s 10th Police District, which includes West Side neighborhoods such as Lawndale, Douglas Park and Homan Square. The shootings all occurred within a three hour period, resulting in 17 people injured and at least one dead.

So, why the Hell do these people not count? Could it be because they are black and shot by blacks, in a Democratic city that doesn’t give two F***s about their citizens, as long as they vote as they’re told, long after they’re dead, even? They probably prefer that, dead people don’t talk back.

My reading would indicate that many of these gunfights (and they are far worse, and more random than anything in the ‘Wild West’ was) are most often battles between drug-selling gangs, whose members are often the only male influence on young boys in these neighborhoods. The result of the ‘War on Poverty” all those years ago.

Now about the other two.

Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine says this:

In the case of El Paso, the murderer’s writings are anti-immigrant, but also apparently socialist in some respects. In the case of Dayton, the writings reportedly are avowedly socialist, anti-Trump, pro-Elizabeth Warren, and sympathetic to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Who cares? These are deeply disturbed, evil men. Their political views deserve no attention.

In short, crazy people are dangerous. Duh! This too, though:

The underlying cause is mental disturbance, the same phenomenon that’s causing high suicide rates. Why the seeming epidemic of mental disturbance? I don’t know for sure.

I suspect, though, that the breakdown of the family is one important factor. Another, probably related to the first, is a decline in religious faith.

I also suspect that rapid technological change and the increasing complexity of American life are contributors. One technological change seems very likely to be playing a part — the rise of the internet and social media.

Those may well be factors, but I think the best thinking on this comes from England, specifically Peter Hitchen’s Mail on Sunday column.

…crucial facts do not come to light for long months, even years,  after these events – if they ever do. In my experience, police all over the world are sublimely uninterested (in Britain actively uninterested|) in the drug use of the perpetrators of such crimes, and often only stumble across them by accident.

But there are some features of the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killings on which I will comment.  As usual, the reporting concentrates upon the horror of the crimes, as it must. But it is then swiftly followed by editorialising about guns and gun control of the usual sort, which neglects to wonder whether, as mass gun ownership is not new in the USA, but dates back to the foundation of the country, whereas these sort of rampage killings only really began about 50 years ago, and have been growing more common in the past five years,  the free availability of guns alone can be blamed for these incidents.

But in this case there is also quite a lot about the supposed ‘right-wing extremism’ of one of the two accused, the alleged El Paso killer Patrick Crusius.  (Not the other killer though, see below) I have discussed the significance of such affiliations here in long posts on the Jo Cox murder here https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2019/04/my-reply-to-the-secret-barrister-.html

I would also draw readers’ attention to what I wrote about the Charlottesville killer, Fields, two years ago (the caveat still very much applies ) https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2017/08/on-the-miserable-events-in-charlottesville-virginia.html

My questions, as to what might have caused Fields to become mentally ill enough to be rejected by the US Army in the first place, were not innocent. I stick by my belief that, if you find a mentally-ill young person in the modern world, you will almost certainly find a current or former marijuana user.  But this grows harder to establish definitively, as police in many jurisdictions long ago gave up even cautions or diversion programmes for those found in possession of marijuana, and are not interested in probing it now. In fact they are positively uninterested, because the connection makes their abandonment of law-enforcement look foolish. So while five or ten years ago their drug abuse might have been recorded, it is not now.

More than a year after his crime, in November 2018, the range of drugs (potentially amphetamines, ‘anti-anxiety’ medication and SSRIs) , which Fields may have been legally taking, possibly all at once, was briefly revealed at his trial: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/james-alex-fields-trial-deadly-charlottesville-white-nationalist-rally-set-n939991 The key pasage reads : ‘Fields later told a judge he is being treated for bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and ADHD.’

‘Treated’, of course, means ‘given drugs’.

Do read it all because I think Mr. Hitchens is spot on the reason why. The more we know about drugs, the scarier they get, legal or illegal. And other than the surrender of most teachers, would you like to know the biggest difference now from when I went to school? That’s right, other than a couple losers who smoked Marijuana, nobody was doing drugs. Quite a difference.


Note that R.S. McCain also has some very good thoughts, here.

And Mary Brett wrote the best article I’ve read in years (likely ever) on the effects of marijuana (the British call it Cannabis) on The Conservative Woman.



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9 Responses to Speaking of Mass Shootings

  1. Nicholas says:

    Obviously a complex issue and an interesting analysis. A few things strike me:

    A) In general we are probably not spending enough on the police and are not prioritising their work properly (wasted time spent on pursuing innocent people like Caroline Farrow). If we are serious about keeping our streets safe and protecting private property, we must spend more on prisons, police officers, and rehab facilities. This means stopping state spending on things that the market can provide (like education).

    B) We need to be wary of psychiatry and psychotropic drugs. Psychiatry has (to some extent) usurped the place of Christian ministry. (Note I do not say neurology, etc). The problems that people face often cannot be helped by psychiatry. A psychiatrist cannot offer the forgiveness of sins nor procure a job for someone. These problems must be met by people offering Christian care and retreats, and by businesses and other parts of life giving people opportunities (of course, minimum wage laws and the decline of low-rent housing have worsened the situation).

    C) The availability of guns gives this phenomenon its particular shape, but guns in and of themselves are not the issue. The issue is mental instability in a cruel, uncaring world that is fighting against the Gospel.

    D) People are set up to fail by the advertising sector and other parts of the economy. We offer people a false vision and they find despair when they are unable to achieve it. The breakdown of the family, fuelled by extreme feminism and other factors, is exacerbating this issue. Our divorce laws and other matters are destroying our social integrity, creating frustrated, angry men.

    E) Christianity must respond to this crisis by univocally decrying the true anti-conservative causes of our systemic societal problems.

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  2. the unit says:

    Not wish to detract from these horrifying events, and those before them.
    But so many explanations as to causes.
    Even read about retrocausality.
    The deranged kid has a point.
    Follow the money…lobbyist and corporatists!
    Gotta sell more frogs to biology classes…oh, and formaldehyde to embalm them.
    Never sniffed a joint back then, but heavy on formaldehyde in biology lab.
    Froggie first then on to human gross anatomy.
    Gosh, that had to be damaging!
    No danger from me though, been senile a long time now.
    Can’t even smell the coffee anymore in the morning.
    Bacon frying though is a ‘nother matter. 🙂

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  3. Scoop says:

    If you didn’t see this already, please watch it. Amen, amen, amen.


    Liked by 1 person

    • Scoop says:

      Well that didn’t work. Maybe you know how to make this show up in your post . . . I’ll forward the email to you that had this video in it and maybe you can post it.


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