Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?
- According to the police of Fergusson, Missouri it was because he reached for an officer's weapon, necessitating that he be shot multiple times as he ran away empty handed. Eyewitness tell a different story
. Whatever happened the killing has prompted demonstrations and looting. Ferguson police responded in full force, firing teargas
and wooden rounds
into crowds of protestors and sealing the area off from the media
. In the wake of the tragedy questions of racial profiling
, the paramilitarization of police
and media depictions of black shooting victims
have been raised. Meanwhile the shooter has not been named to preserve his safety
California drive-by shooting: 'Son of Hunger Games assistant director' Elliot Rodger suspected of killing six
in attack. Rodger embarked on his shooting spree hours after posting an online video detailing his plans for "retribution" for rejection by women. [more inside]
Following the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, Peter King (R), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, plans to introduce legislation banning firearms within 1000 feet of a government official.
At least eight people are dead
in a shooting at a school in Finland
. Apparently some are blaming Youtube
, as the killer posted some videos of himself shortly before the attack.
How to get inside the mind of kids who do these terrible things? Are they just "bad seeds" or are these killers created?
Clearly marginalization and alienation
play a role. Many would-be -killers
seem to share these fantasies of grandiose mass spectacles , many psychologists think are inspired by their immersion in violent video games and movies
. There's still controversy over the idea that watching violent TV/video games/etc
can make kids more aggressive, and if that translates to violent behavior.
I'm curious how often nationalist and racist rhetoric is also often deployed by these kids and wonder why that is:
The Finland shooter, Auvinen called himself a "social Darwinist" who would "eliminate all who I see unfit".
Man shot and killed after viewing of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"
yesterday at Loews theatre in Pittsburgh. "Get Rich or Die Tryin'
" is the title of the new movie by rapper 50 cent, who appeared on ABC's "The View" this morning- 50 Cent says he is sorry for the loss of life, but neither he or his movie is responsible.
This isn't the first time that this theatre has had trouble
; last Christmas a mob of unruly teenagers overran the theatre. Loews has since pulled the movie from its theatres nationwide, and will do so until the investigation is complete, which may be awhile- in the extremely crowded theatre nobody saw the attackers leaving.
Riots in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati city police have this odd habit of killing unarmed young black males. In November, two men were killed. One was shot, another was crushed or suffocated while already in police custody and, according to witnesses, not resisting. Several weeks later a policeman shot and killed a twelve year old out joy-riding. Saturday night an officer chased down and shot a nineteen year old he 'thought he recognized' as someone with outstanding traffic warrants. Every time someone is killed Cincinnati city council promises to look into the matter but does nothing. Today someone decided to take action, even if it was in a destructive and politically impotent form of action.
Young people today are not just getting their hands on guns and killing people
, but are using any means necessary, including cars
. Let's outlaw all dangerous items so that crazy kids
can't do anybody any harm!