Different Day, Same Shooter.

Different Day, Same Shooter: Elliot Rodger, Jared Loughner, Ivan Lopez, James Holmes, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold.

elliot_rodger_video_retributionThe losers are interchangeable, so are the guns: Sig Sauer P226, Glock 34 Long Slide, 9mm Glock, .45-Caliber Smith & Wesson, AR-15, 9mm Hi-Point 995 Carbine Rifle, 9mm Intratec, TEC-DC9M Semiautomatic.

We might as well start making bullets available at the drive-thru window with every Happy Meal. This is who we’re happy being. This is what we’re happy doing.

So stop! Please stop covering mass shooting as news. It’s not news. It’s simply one more variable we have to navigate, like emotional over-eating.

elliot_rodger_video_youtubeTruth is, the shootings aren’t nearly as upsetting as politicians offering thoughts & prayers.

I want a constitutional amendment barring politicians from offering thoughts & prayers. Keep your guns. But enough with the bowing of heads.

Disclaimer: don’t go to YouTube, don’t watch Elliot Rodger’s “Retribution Video,” that is to say, go right ahead, go to YouTube, watch Elliot Rodger’s “Retribution Video,” if you’re prepared to roll your eyes.

Everyone goes through loneliness. Being lonely and a virgin when you’re 22-years old is nothing. Try being married for 22-years and feeling as useless as a virgin.

elliot_rodger_typical_shooterThat’s angst, pal.

You know what this kid needed? I’ll tell you what this kid needed, lack of access to guns and 400-rounds of ammunition.

We’re not at war. We’re not on the brink of a civil war.

We’re not in the process of declaring our independence from tyrants (although I will confess, we’re on the verge of declaring our financial independence from criminal bankers, torture fetishists and psychotic billionaires, but that’s another story).

It’s impossible to get worked-up about another mass shooting. It’s not even tragic. It’s status quo. Mass shootings are less upsetting than getting lost on the way to a birthday dinner.

elliot_rodger_instagram_twitterCase in point, at the last second, my brother texted me about joining him for his birthday dinner. Last I heard, he was meeting an old friend, Hannah, who was visiting from DC.

They were going to Chinatown, their old haunt.

So when Joey invited me, at the last second, I skimmed the text message, looking casually for the name of the restaurant. Then I texted my parents, who I had dinner plans with, to tell them there was a change of plans, and we were joining Joey for his birthday dinner, in Chinatown.

Instead of driving separately, I told them to pick me up at 7PM. I like carpooling. I’m a socialist.

Dad got on Lake Shore Drive South. Just before he was about to merge onto 1-94 East to get-off at Cermak, I insisted he ignore his instincts and follow 55-South.

elliot_rodger_video_retributionI was wrong. Dad had the right exit for Chinatown.

Joey called as we were getting-off at Damen, to circle back. Good thing Joey called. Turns out, he was waiting for us at the restaurant, on Lawrence, just east of Kimball, on the other side of the planet from Chinatown.

Truth be told, the restaurant was walking distance from my apartment, where my parents had picked me up, 25-minutes ago.

Mom kept her composure, even though her voice was clearly annoyed. elliot_rodger_video_youtubeDad questioned where I came from, pointing out I clearly wasn’t from his loins.

Joey proceeded to call 5-times in the next 5-minutes, making sure we were back on track. But mostly, rubbing in my boneheaded route to the restaurant, which was his birthday present to himself.

To my family, in all honesty, 25-poorly spent minutes were far more upsetting than news of 7-dead in another mass shooting. elliot_rodger_typical_shooterTopping everything off, the food was fried, which upset my stomach.

Why am I telling you this?

Am I proud, being so causal?

I’ll tell you why.

Because this precise reaction is manifesting itself all over the country, again and again and again, as everyone chooses to look the other way. We’ve essentially agreed to drive the getaway car in mass shootings, by omission.

It doesn’t make us cowards. Ok, it makes us cowards. But so what? elliot_rodger_instagram_twitterWe’ve been conditioned to accept this as a form of population control, like deer.

Remember Sandy Hook?

Remember how many 6 & 7-year olds were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School? 20. Remember what we did to make a change?

Precisely.

I’m reluctant to write this. In all honesty, I’ve been reluctant to write increasingly, as I find the so-called news of the day to be insipid to the point of ignorable. elliot_rodger_video_retributionThe Law Of Diminishing Returns has kicked-in, when the same thing keeps happening over and over and over, it becomes impossible to care.

Remember Osama, the evil terrorist living in a cave, plotting his next attack against America, since he “hated us for our freedom.” Turns out, Osama wasn’t in a cave. Turns out, Osama was jerking-off to porn in an Abbottabad mansion, kitty corner to the West Point of Pakistan.

elliot_rodger_video_youtubeHe wasn’t scary. He was sad.

The evil terrorist is heading-up the NRA. The NRA is a terror cell, making discourse impossible, celebrating arms dealers, fanning the flames of racist insanity, sponsoring genocide under the adolescent pretense of “God Given Right.”

elliot_rodger_typical_shooterThe NRA has been using the constitution to throw a perpetual tantrum on the backs of 20 dead schoolchildren at Sandy Hook.

To pretend otherwise is nothing short of pretending.

But we’re in a voluntary hostage situation. We’ve agreed to let The NRA hold us hostage, for the kink of carrying concealed. We’re a nation of men with small penises and women who lack balls.

elliot_rodger_instagram_twitterI’d say more about the inevitability of mass shootings, but I have a road trip planned. I have to attend DEMF: Detroit Electronic Music Festival. I don’t have to. But I want to.

Why am I telling you this?

Am I proud, being so causal?

I’ll tell you why.

Because I live in America, where shopping, eating, facebooking, tweeting, blogging, jerking-off to porn, tweaking out at music festivals, geeking out at Comic-Con, feigning outrage on FOX, feigning righteous indignation on MSNBC, quoting Jon Stewart, elliot_rodger_video_retributiongetting on board with a  video going viral of Will Ferrell winning a drum-off by virtue of his omnipotent cowbell skills is more important than caring. Candlelight Vigils are so 2013.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pack.

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13 Responses to Different Day, Same Shooter.

  1. Andy says:

    Can you explain PRECISELY how the NRA is ‘sponsoring genocide’? What the fuck does that mean? Do they have secret death camps set up around the USA? The NRA is a group of Americans that believes above all else the freedom to protect yourself and your family against criminals, communists and an over reaching government. The right to bear arms is God given like speech voting assembly protest fair trial ect. It’s precious, it’s holy and it’s what separates us from the rest of the international socialist countries. I truly believe that the leftists in this country are terrified of a well armed populace. They want helpless intimidated people afraid ro stand up to an almighty all powerful state. That’s the only sense I can make of the media/Hollywood/DNC obsession with disarmament.

  2. Andy says:

    While were on the subject in the first two years of Obama’s presidency there were enough assualt rifles purchased to arm the Chinese and Indian armies combined! The American people love the 2nd amendment. Isn’t it wonderful?

  3. Babs says:

    I was going to write about how when I was a kid, there were plenty of lonely, nerdy, bullied young people and how there was never any mass shootings. But after reading Andys riduclous rantings, and how he twists things to try and make his points, I decided that it doesn”t matter! When 92% of the country wants stricter gun laws and smarter guns, but a powerful few with lots of $$ makes the rules, it doesn’t matter!! Well written, Greg, and how sad! And here’s a toast to all the gutless, ballless, craven politicians on both sides who have alot of blood on their hands and money in their pockets!!

  4. Andy says:

    I was going to write about how when I was a kid, there were plenty of lonely, nerdy, bullied young people and how there was never any mass shootings.
    LIBERALISM BARBARA WE USED TO ATTEND CHURCH 80+% A WEEK. THERE WERE STANDARDS IN ENTERTAINMENT THE SCUM OF THE EARTH SPEWS TRASH AT OUR KIDS NON STOP WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

    But after reading Andys riduclous rantings, and how he twists things to try and make his points, I decided that it doesn”t matter!
    BE SPECIFIC BARBARA WHERE AM I WRONG?

    When 92% of the country wants stricter gun laws and smarter guns,
    THAT IS A LOADED POLL YOU ARE QUOTING AND YOU KNOW THAT! I WATCH THE POLLS ON GUNS VERY CAREFULLY BARBARA I KNOW WHAT THAT 92% MEANS AND IT IS NOT FOR A MASS OVERHAUL OF OUR GUN LAWS OR FOR GUN CONFISCATION.

    but a powerful few with lots of $$ makes the rules, it doesn’t matter!!
    ABSOLUTELY A LIE BARBARA MOST NRA DONORS ARE $500 OR LESS. IT’S NOT CORPORATE AMERICA OR BIG MONIED INTERESTED THAT MAKE UP THE NRA JUST A GROUP OF GOD FEARING AMERICANS THAT ARE WILLING TO OPEN UP THEIR WALLETS FOR FREEDOM. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW OF A FEW LOBBIES THAT HAVE A FEW HUNDRED THOUSAND WEALTHY DONORS THAT HUGELY SWAY US FOREIGN POLICY I CAN NAME A FEW.

    Well written, Greg, and how sad! And here’s a toast to all the gutless, ballless, craven politicians on both sides who have alot of blood on their hands and money in their pockets!!
    HOW ABOUT BETTER PARENTING BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BETTER COMMUNITIES TEACHING PEOPLE THE GOLDEN RULE SHUTTING OFF THE TRASH WE SEE ON T.V. EVERYDAY. How’s that for a modest proposal? Guns preserve freedom. Happy Memorial Day!

  5. Babs says:

    Hahahahaha!
    Some mental health help for Andy!

  6. Andy says:

    Be specific Barbara no flame throwing!

    • joey says:

      specifically: “the right to bear arms is god given”

      As an outsider that reads every now and then, prop 8, you seem to write conservative to simply see what reactions you will get.

      Maybe some mental health help Andy?

      • Babs says:

        Right on, Joey!! And God Bless u!!

      • Andy says:

        Not true Blo Blo. There only a few issues that I am 100% on and gun rights are sacred to Americans. I know people on this blog think I’m an extremist but nothing could be further from the truth. Im not like Greg writing to spit at people or put groups of people down. Reread.my post the only time I flame throw is when libs try to heavily restrict gun sales or ownership or when the try to criminalize speech. There are very serious groups and politicians that would confiscate guns and limit our absolute right of free speech. This is not a joke and this is not a game. Consider the Chicago and Washington D.C. gun bans. For over twenty years it was a CRIME to own a gun. A very narrow 5-4 supreme court decision struck down the ban. That’s what happens when liberals have super majorities! So the next time someone tells you gun owners are paranoid or irrational remember those two huge cities that banned guns. Scary stuff.

  7. TMV says:

    At TMV, we are saddened by the death of just a few people, but lets not forget what is really important, the most fabulous people in the world just got married. Kanye and Kim have tied the knot people.

    And guess who was making out with Kylie? If you guessed Jaden Smith, then yes, friends, you are absolutely right.

    Word on the street has it that Kylie and Jaden were off in a cozy little corner during Kim’s nuptial celebrations, sucking the face off of one another, all while John Legend’s “All of Me” played in the background, and we’re just going to

    Shooting smooting. Kim is the “ideal artist” as Kanye announced at the wedding. If Andy had money like Kim, he’s put down those nasty guns.

    Follow us at TMV people.

  8. TMV says:

    http://instagram.com/p/ogw_l3ydnW/

    TMV reporting live in Israel. International pop star Justin Timberlake made a holy detour before his concert in Tel Aviv on May 28, posing for a picture as he urinated on the Western Wall. The Wall, also called the Kotel, is one of Judaism’s most holy sites. Justin finished 4 beers and thanked God as he felt the pressure release. He was heard saying, “holy shit!”

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