Archive for Thursday, November 15, 2007

Causal murders

Some will try to focus blame on America, but a Finnish tragedy shows that tormented souls can strike anywhere.

November 15, 2007


The United States has created numerous international headlines with its murderous rampages at educational institutions, such as Columbine High School in Colorado and Virginia Tech. The tendency may be to think that we have some kind of lock on the market of scholastic violence and the murder and misery it can create.

It will be surprising to many, therefore, that an 18-year-old gunman just last week killed eight people at a high school in southern Finland, then shot himself. It was the first known school shooting in "peaceful" Finland, where gun ownership reportedly is fairly common by European standards.

It has been discovered that the Finnish youth was in contact with an American teen who planned but failed to carry out a school attack near Philadelphia. Doubtless a number of our social critics will contend that it was a copycat incident inspired by American tragedies.

Such a reaction, and eagerness to absorb blame, does not begin to take into account that people, everywhere, increasingly are turning to violence to settle personal grievances. One of the saddest aspects of the Finnish incident is that there was more than passing evidence it was going to happen in an alleged "revolution against the system."

Finnish media reports say the shooter revealed his plans on the YouTube video Web site. A posting titled "Jokela High School Massacre" offered a picture of a building by a lake that appears to be the school along with two photos of a young man holding a gun. The person who posted the video was identified in the user profile as an 18-year-old man from Finland. More than 400 students, ages 12-18, were at the school, part of that "system" being targeted.

This was no copy of any American happening. It was strictly homegrown. When something like this occurs in the United States, criticism flies about how officials could allow such a thing to happen. How could they not read the apparent signs of trouble? What about Finland? Who neglected to "connect the dots" in this case? A series of Helsinki meetings are occurring to focus on the whys and hows and if such can be prevented in the future.

No diatribes about how America was the incubator for the Finnish action, please! By now we have ample evidence that there is enough unrest throughout the world that others can come up with their own horrible incidents of this nature.

Yet don't be surprised if the United States takes a lot of verbal hits about how it was the model, maybe even the inspiration, for the Finnish slaughter.


Steve Mechels 10 years, 4 months ago

Blah, blah, blah. What was your point? The US might take hits for this slaughter or that we shouldn't since it had virtually nothing to do with us?

I'm not trying to be too critical but make sure you make your point; I have the same trouble sometimes! :)

grimpeur 10 years, 4 months ago

These shootings do occur in other countries. However, to equate the magnitude of the problem in Finland to that in the United States is irresponsible.

Perhaps the point of the column is to deflect attention from the lack of meaningful gun control, which in the US is the primary reason that crazies have access to guns.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 4 months ago

grimpeur (Anonymous) says: These shootings do occur in other countries. However, to equate the magnitude of the problem in Finland to that in the United States is irresponsible.

US population = 300mm+; Finland population = 5.2mm+.

Without adding up the relative casualties in each country and doing a quick ratio calc., my guess is that the magnitude of school shootings in Finland may be proportionately much worse than the US.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 4 months ago

grimpeur (Anonymous) says: Perhaps the point of the column is to deflect attention from the lack of meaningful gun control, which in the US is the primary reason that crazies have access to guns.

"Meaningful gun control", grimpeur? What is that? There are plenty of rules & laws for gun control in the US. They are very meaningful for law abiding people.

They are meaningless to criminals who are used to breaking the law.

It would be easier to keep the crazies out of society than to keep guns out of the hands of malintents. You could confiscate every firearm in the US and criminals would still have easy access.

bdawg 10 years, 4 months ago

It is the very "crazies" that mr. grimpeur has posted about that are not following the laws of gun ownership. Perhaps when he said crazies he meant all the adhd and add medicated children and adults that go off to schools and elsewhere. Scary to think about all the kids snorting or shooting up (lol) ritalin or any other prescribed designer drugs then heading off to school. But oh no, lets go after the poor gun control each his own I guess.

bondmen 10 years, 4 months ago

An appropriate headline would be Modern Nazi Killer Bears Darwin's Standard
Another terrible school shooting imitating the Columbine rampage has occurred, this time in Finland (see Before killing eight students and himself, the 18-year-old murderer stated in a rambling note, "I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection." He called himself "a cynical existentialist, anti-human humanist, anti-social social-Darwinist, realistic idealist and god-like atheist." TV news anchors interviewed psychologists, who portrayed the killer as among those disaffected youths who feel alienated and powerless i.e., victims, so it's our fault. Funny; hardship didn't seem to create psychopaths during the Depression it made many appreciate what little they had, and work harder. At times like this, students need psychobabble like they need a hole in the head. Why is no one pointing out the obvious fact that this killer, and the Columbine killers, saturated their minds with hate from radical rock, inspired by the purposelessness of a pointless, godless existence? I'm your nightmare coming true I am your worst enemy... I am unrestrained excess. He had excess, he never learned restraint, and was proud of it! His problem was not self-esteem, but others-esteem and God-esteem. Darwinism glorifies self as the agent of progress. Fill a selfish, undisciplined young person's ears with the screaming rock of pride, power, hate, death and destruction, and what do you expect?
Stalin's goons routinely shot far more people per day than this lone murderer did. Sometimes he would give his henchmen quotas to meet. They would go out and round up innocent victims at random and shoot them in cold blood. Then, they would be very proud if they could report back to the Man of Steel, that same man who years before had torn off his seminarian robes and became an atheist after reading The Origin, that they exceeded their quota for the day. Darwinian teachers can claim from their sanitized lecterns that evolutionary theory is not responsible for what people do, but like philosopher Greg Bahnsen warned, if the plane is going to Boston, there's no getting off at Chicago. Evolutionists need to take their world view to its logical conclusion. Students are better at making connections than their teachers suspect. The article mentioned that one of the killer's favorites was the anarchistic, antichristian rock song Stray Bullet by KMFDM: I have come to rock your world I have come to shake your faith Anathematic Anarchist I have come to take my place. Read more at:

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