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10.02.2006

Explain the Unexplainable to Me

What particular evil enters a person's soul to enable him to go into a school, assault and kill children?

In each of these cases, the individual ends up killing himself, or commits suicide-by-SWAT team.

If that was to be his ultimate act of anger, why couldn't he have just have ended his own life initially, and not damaged the children?


He obliterated himself after committing his act of revenge. To what end? Was there enough satisfaction in those last few hours of life to justify the eternal damnation he surely earned?

9 Comments:

Blogger Gail said...

Isn't it fascinating that this was the third such act? First the Colorado shootings, then Wisconsin and now this.

It's a couple days later but I'm still reeling from these acts.

And I wonder, would the writ of Habeas Corpus be suspended for these shooters if they were alive?

11:10 AM

 
Blogger Bela said...

We in Europe truly cannot understand how you allow private citizens to carry guns. We just can't.

I'm currently translating a documentary about a man who went berserk at a funny competition in Texas last year and broke into the nearest K-Mart, grabbed a gun and shot himself after threatening a few people. Had he run into a Tesco or some such supermarket here he wouldn't have been able to get the means to shoot himself, at least.

This latest incident - in a long series of such incidents, not just three - is appalling.

5:47 PM

 
Blogger audible said...

You don't need a gun to pull this stunt. In 2001 there was an event just like this outside of Oosaka, Japan. Some nut job went from room to room with a butchers knife taking out small children. The worst part is he tried to turn himself in earlier that week, but the police wouldn't take him.

1:37 PM

 
Blogger Doug said...

I have no idea. Better to run for congress.

3:14 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

I'm sure it doesn't, audible, but it sure seems more frequent in the US. If you allow people to have guns they will use them.

The fact that men who want to commit suicide also want to kill innocent people - usually women or children - before they do it is really interesting psychologically - and depressing.

9:01 AM

 
Blogger audible said...

Bela, in no way am I advocating the right of private citizens to carry guns. I think guns are stupid, dangerous, and prone to killing the loved ones they're meant to protect.

However, I still believe this is a symptom of a sickness in all modern societies, not just those that legalize guns. Palau had the highest murder rate per capita until it made guns illegal. Now they use rocks or spear guns resulting in fewer deaths, but just as many occurrences of violence. Guns certainly make things more dangerous and increase the fatalities, but they don’t create this sickness in humans.

While I lived in Japan it seemed every month some teenager went nuts and bashed in their parents' heads with a baseball bat. Chances are good that the only news on Japan the world heard involved earthquakes or some electronic gizmo. Perhaps the reason why this seems more common in America is that it’s more likely to make the news.

6:44 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

You may be right about the reporting of incidents. However, if one is to believe what Michael Moore revealed in Bowling for Columbine, there is huge discrepancy between the number of crimes in, say, Michigan, and that in Canada just across the lake: similar environment, same affluent society, similar human beings, very different behaviour.

Has Japan changed so much or do those people only attack members of their own family? A friend of mine worked as a teacher in Japan after college; she said that Japan was one of the safest places on earth, especially for women; that there was very little street crime, very few muggings, etc. That was 20 years ago. If that is so, it's very sad.

7:04 AM

 
Blogger audible said...

Now that I've totally hijacked this post...

Violence against women is very common in Japan as is sexual harassment in the workplace... it's just not often reported since women actually consider it normal. I can't give a statistical analysis since I don't trust the numbers. Also, keep in mind that I lived in central Tokyo.

Consider that many train lines have begun offering women only trains during rush hour to ease the number of groping incidents. Most of the foreign ladies I know had been assaulted at least once, many struggle with stalkers. Japan is very much still a boys club. At the university where I taught, the baseball team was verbally reprimanded for raping several girls at a team party. There were no dismissals from school, nothing.

Then there are some cultural differences which may make Japan seem safer. Japanese culture regards resorting to physical violence immature. However, there are still plenty of bosozoku (bike gangs) and chinpaira (wanna be Mafia). Bullying is a huge problem at schools. When bullying isn't enough, they'll go out and beat up homeless men. Most foreigners rarely see the shady dealings of Japan, or perhaps they just can't spot the drug dealers and hoodlems in a new environment. I especially love it when tourists beam about Tokyo's lack of homeless.

I'd still say that Japan is safer than America on a whole. But it certainly does have it's share of mass killings, knife welding psychos, and kids lashing out.

A lot has happened in 20 years.

3:25 PM

 
Blogger Bela said...

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell me all this. A lot seems to have happened indeed, and not for the better (does it ever?). :-(

5:23 AM

 

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