Mass Killing At Umpqua Community College In Oregon, 10 Reported Dead
If you’re new to the Self Defense Company we have a few rules.
- They are not “mass shootings”, that are “massacres”, “murders” or “killings.”
Shooting implies that anyone who shoots a gun is a killer.
- I do not post the killer’s name. They do it for notoriety – I will not participate.
- They are not “shooters” they are murderers and killers. I am a shooter. I have friends who shoot.
We do not murder.
I hate candlelight vigils. They only serve to remind us of our failure and do not honor the dead and have no value in preventing the crime from happening again. They only make the sheep feel better.
If you truly and honestly want to honor the dead…do something that helps prevent this from happening again. I know, you’re just one person – but if you can acknowledge the problem and take steps in your personal sphere of influence to make your world safer and your neighbor does the same…well, we might be on to something.
I’m under no disillusion that these massacres will end, in fact I believe they will continue to happen more frequently and with greater damage.
First, we stop referring to these instances as anomalies or rare since they are happening more frequently as every year passes.
Below is a list of mass murders from 1984 to the present.
OCT 1, 2015 10 dead; 7 injured: Roseburg, Ore
9 dead: Charleston, SC
7 dead, 7 wounded: Isla Vista, Ca
3 killed; 16 injured: Ft. Hood, Tx
13 killed, 3 injured: Washington, D.C.
5 killed: Santa Monica, Ca
27 killed, 1 wounded: Newtown, Conn
3 dead, 4 injured: Brookfield, Wis
6 killed, 2 injured: Minneapolis, Minn
6 killed, 3 injured: Oak Creek, Wis
12 killed, 58 injured: Aurora, Colo
7 killed, 3 injured: Oakland, Ca
8 killed, 1 injured: Seal Beach, Ca
6 killed, 11 injured: Tucson, Az
8 killed, 2 injured: Manchester, Conn.
3 killed, 3 wounded: Huntsville, Ala
13 killed, 32 injured: Ft. Hood, Tx
13 killed, 4 injured: Binghamton, NY
5 killed, 16 injured: Dekalb, Ill
8 killed, 4 injured: Omaha, Ne
APR 16, 2007 32 killed, 17 injured: Blacksburg, Va
5 killed, 4 injured: Salt Lake City, Ut
5 killed, 5 injured: Nickel Mines, Pa
9 killed, 7 injured: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn
5 killed, 9 injured: Meridian, Miss
3 killed: Tucson, Az
2 killed, 13 injured: Santee, Ca
7 killed: Honolulu, HI
7 killed, 7 injured: Fort Worth, Tx
9 killed, 12 injured: Atlanta, Ga
13 killed, 24 injured: Columbine, Colo
5 killed, 10 injured: Jonesboro, Ark
6 killed, 19 injured: Garden City, N.Y
8 killed, 6 injured: San Francisco, Ca
4 killed, 10 wounded: Olivehurst, Ca
4 killed, 2 injured: Iowa City, Ia
22 killed, 20 wounded: Killeen, Tx
OCT 10, 1991 4 Killed: Ridgewood, NJ <<== My home town
10 killed, 4 wounded: Jacksonville, Fla
5 killed, 29 injured; Stockton, Ca
14 killed, 6 wounded: Edmond, Ok
21 killed, 19 wounded: San Ysidro, Ca
I’m sure I missed some murders on this list, but you can see the frequency and the devastation is rising.
The short term solution is an obvious, put armed guards in places where large volumes of people meet, schools, malls, theaters, etc. These killers aren’t looking for a fight, they want to do as much damage as possible before they kill themselves.
The long term solution is not that simple…
I will tell you right now, this has nothing to do with the ease in which people get firearms or how many people own guns.
Did you know that since 1973, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been asking Americans whether they keep a gun in their home. In the 1970s, about half of the nation said yes; today only about one-third do. Driving the decline: a dramatic drop in ownership of pistols and shotguns, the very weapons most likely to be used in violent crimes would in fact decrease violent crime.
Well, needless to say, the “less guns” idea is not working.
The problem rests in the way our society is de-volving.
We are becoming more desensitized to violence, and have removed the skills to deal with violence.
We feel disenfranchised with an overwhelming sense of entitlement.
We have created celebrity for people without any talent – you can become popular just by being outrageous and stupid.
It’s my opinion that the zero tolerance, anti-bullying policies designed to protect our kids have actually castrated them. Before if kid got into a fight, they told their story and the one who was at fault got sent home. Now, both kids get in trouble equally. The result, the kids who are getting bullied (the good kids) don’t fight back while the bullies use this to their advantage.
Do you know what all of these killers have in common? Yep, they were bullied.
For the last few generations we’ve been telling kids that there’s no excuse for violence and it doesn’t solve anything. The result is a nation of young men and women who don’t know how to deal with the violent side of mankind. So they panic and over react and strike out in the worst way.
Finally, social media has enabled these people to receive affirmation of their insanity instantly.
People post the first idiotic thing that pops into their brain…and in a split second, there’s another moron waiting to affirm their nonsense with a “like”. The piece of garbage who executed NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos tweeted his intentions with dozens of likes and support from a multitude of society’s scum popped up to agree with him.
Violence is getting worse, it’s not going away and the only realistic thing you can do is make your world, your home safer. You can’t depend on politics or anyone else for that matter – it’s up to us.
My condolences to the friends and family of the fallen.