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Napa Letter: "Evil is Evil"

Is there an ethnic component to violence and crime? Or does evil truly "not discriminate"? Tell us what you think.

Can you hear that? The deafening silence? Where are all of the online posts and comments about this recent mass killing?  

This deed is done predominately by Anglos. Period. I am quite sure that if any particular minority group had been responsible for these senseless incidents, there would be a host of postings and hard copy letters to the editor. Where are they? 

Maybe, just maybe, Anglos are rightfully ashamed. It has been my experience that Anglos are loath to fess up to any bad traits that they may possess.           

It's strange, when Anglos do these type of things, they are referred to as being mentally deficient. Minorities are referred to as being evil.  

Evil is evil, and does not discriminate.                                                 

We should be aware of the fact that most of these mass shootings are carried out in areas that restrict the presence of guns. The shooting in Aurora, Colorado is a prime example of that. I have several friends, one who happens to be handicapped, who can make a gun out of material that they have lying around. 

If  by some chance occurrence every American was required to turn in their firearms, no one can honestly believe that sportsmen, pure gun enthusiasts, or gang bangers would turn in their gats and ammo.                   

As an avid first person shooter video game enthusiast, I am quite sure that the Newtown killer was what is known in the business as a camper. These are folks who play games such as Metal of Honor Black Ops II online, find a prime sniping position, and have their way with unsuspecting gamers.  

I have a friend who has over 9,000 one shot sniper kills on Battlefield 3. Another, a Mormon got me into finishing Rainbow Six: Las Vegas with only one shot kills, as he did. They have never killed anyone. 

I have noticed that I have become more proficient at head shots by upsizing to a 73 inch HDTV from my 50 incher.                  

On a strange note, I wonder if this killer, in his twisted way of thinking, figured that he would spare those poor kids the pain that was visited upon him, or that he thought was visited upon him.                                               

Finally, recently the moderator of an internet website chose, in my opinion, chose to foreclose on common decency and published a vulgar statement by a poster that would offend even Andrew Dice Clay.  Rewatch that great dark comedy:  God Bless America. It is not what you think, and laments why we can't just be decent, just be decent.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) December 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Aside from the lack of comment on Patch.com, there are many, many comments on the Patch Facebook page, so the idea that this has silenced the Anglo community, or shamed them in to silence, applies only to the frequent internet trolls who ONLY comment on stories where minorities are concerned. That said, I was wondering if a relationship between violent, realistic video games played a role or planted seeds in these young 20 something males? Specifically, where did they get the knowledge in rapid clip switching, a technique usually learned by law enforcement and military personnel? Where did they get the idea of these outfits, with camouflage, and bulletproof vests, and other tactical gear? First person shooter games, of which I am a fan (I loathe campers, they are lazy) are fun, but they do remove any emotion that a person should feel when killing something or someone, and instead replace it with reward, happiness, and pride. Now I'm no psychologist, but I'm pretty sure that releases dopamine in the brain...could these games be permanently rewiring young brains still developing?
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
What role does television and movies play if any in desensitization if any? Evil is evil, as you said, but are we (society) creating it? We know what the dynamics are for inner-city violence, and gang violence, though still senseless, poverty and drug use are huge contributor's to those statistics. What on earth would cause young White males with seemingly "good, normal lives" to decide that it's alright to kill anyone, let alone stranger's, and even worse children? We (people in Napa) are often quick to blame peoples bad behavior on their culture, country of origin, lack of a male role model. So, while I don't agree with the assertion the author made initially, he brings up valid points, that will be discussed in my household, especially regarding my 16 year old son who enjoys games Assassin's Creed, Metal of Honor and other games. I'm sure there will be some argument, and as long as he can assure me he understands that these games are just that...games. Human life is not a game you can turn off and then back on. Human life has very real consequences.
George Knopp December 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Sometimes silence after a traumatic event can be the appropriate response after experiencing great shock, horror or profound sadness - regardless of Race. Quiet reflection of a tragedy is not a shameful reaction, just a human one. http://qz.com/37069
Jeffrey Wright December 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Mindless drivel Jarvis ......
Ron December 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Belle, I agree. Some people blames guns but semi-auto guns have been available for at least 70 years (in fact they used to much easier to get) and so has mental illness but these massacres are a fairly recent occurance. So what's changed? Television, movies, games, culture and social media. Violence and evil is tolerated, glorified, and awarded like never before. So is rudeness and in your face attitude. Social media & youtube is creating a society of self absorbed people who want their 5 mnutes of fame. I'm not necessarily saying there is a way to stop all of this because it doesn't cause the vast majority of people to do anything wrong. But I believe there is that small percentage that it does affect. I'm just saying if advertisers are will to pay millions of dollars to get you to watch an ad on the superbowl. Then then what must all of this exposure to the dark side of our culture do to vulnerable or mentally ill people?
King Jarvis IV December 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I don't know, B OL, I clock many hours on shooter games and I feel totally insulted by this coward who took these kids out. Campers are lazy, ( I don't play online ), but myself and other folks will have a different outlook when we pick up our controllers.BTW: This king wasn't aware of Face Book postings, thank you. HRM
King Jarvis IV December 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
JW: Back at you, home skillet. HRM
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
No Evil is not Evil Muslims fly fully loaded Commercial Aircraft. into High Rises. In the name of there religion. Adam Lanza killed 27 in the name of mental illness and autism. One mans Act,will set back the stigma. Of mental illness and autism many years.
King Jarvis IV December 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
MK, get spell check, willl you? Screen Looose Change . Dude, you are Mr.. Parody, yes?
Kim Smith December 16, 2012 at 12:38 AM
smh RK and JWP you guys kill me.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
HRM- Here is my question to you...did you start playing violent games with such realistic graphics at a you age? I'm speaking about formative years. People our age didn't have access to such graphics like kids do now days. Which is why I wanted to know what people though about the role they play or not play in this generations youth.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Ron- I completely agree. Most people watch TV, or play video games and use social media with no problems. The current generation is completely inundated by things that are contradictory to good behavior, good manners, and are so obsessed with themselves, and the instant gratification they get when people comment on their "status" or like their pictures. Seriously, in a few years when we look in up the word narcissistic it will say the current teen and early 20s crowd.
King Jarvis IV December 16, 2012 at 01:20 AM
B OL, my feeble mind is finally picking up what you are putting down. Being 57 years old, you are right, we didn't have anything like the games and graphics that we have now. I had a lady friend over not long ago, and i had a 360 game paused and she thought that I was watching a movie. This King would like to see the data that will be available in a decade or two revolving around the impact of violent video games. We wonder if our prior generation thought of us as being narcissistic. However, no other generation has had this ever present social media that we have now. I poo poo Face Book and such, as they seem to be for people who need validation, as you alluded to. I have a 22 year old at university right now and I agree with what you are pointing at. You play online, B OL, you hear these bad mannered diaper dandies I am sure. I believe that the noblest thing to do is to give more you get, but that doesn't jive with our present culture. This King abides, just like " The Dude". LOL HRM
SF49ers December 16, 2012 at 01:51 AM
you dont you speek you'er propaganda some where elce. i dont hear you calling for comments about the 40+ killings in richmond CA or the hundreds in the border towns on the us/mexico border
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Jarvis- Now you get what I'm saying. I don't play, as I cannot seem to get my fine motor skills to work the double toggles, triggers and buttons, lol. I watch my husband and my son play. They do play online.I love that you said "diaper dandies"! Just the other day some 12 year old was cussing up a storm at my husband! I'm going to tell him to use that word! Have a nice night!
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 16, 2012 at 02:27 AM
49ers person- what are you trying to say? Your post doesn't make sense, maybe you have the same trouble I do sometimes typing on my tablet vrs. my keyboard? Looking forward to know what is you wanted to say, and to whom you are addressing it to. =)
Ash Leigh December 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I didn't like this letter, because of the comparison of games to life with gun usage. Games, like in movies, are for pure entertainment and are not very accurate. A bridge, over a 5,000 foot cliff, will explode at one end, and you have 3 seconds to make it to the other side to escape near death? No, that doesn't happen. Reality, you will fall instantly. I really like Belle's comment. You're one bad mama. :) I don't play video games. My daughter does. She doesn't allow me to even try to play with her, because I slow her up and make too many mistakes (the controllers aren't what I grew up with and fumble too much). In real life though, she would always want me on her team. I'd do a straight shot with breathing control and skill without a thought.
King Jarvis IV December 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
E L: I understand, but the reality is that your statements are coming from a fully formed mind, not that of a youth's undeveloped mind. Unlike some of us, these kids, especially this killer who apparently lived in affluence, have never seen the real consequences of metal meeting tissue or skin. These shooter games now, especially the cut scenes rival any movie out now, graphically, and are in 1080P. Your cable channel does not even broadcast in 1080P, only 1080I, or less. We have had RAG DOLL PHYSIQUES in shooter games for some time now, where the AI, (enemy combatants), contort and react as do human bodies. HRM
King Jarvis IV December 17, 2012 at 03:50 AM
SANE ENOUGH.... this camo clad coward was sane enough to go to a gun shop and apply for arms. This pantywaist was sane enough to complete college courses. This fool was sane enough to drive from his other than 47 percent mini mansion and enter that school and be as evil as he wanted to be. He had his free agency, and abused it. If it was all about mental health, then you would see more women and minorities carrying out these mass killings. This clown DEMANDED attention, everybody else was getting it. He was sane enough to know that the mere outrageousness of murdering our most vulnerable, women and children, he would post mortem by proxy receive his attention. Sane enough!!!!!!!!!!! HRM
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Jarvis the guns used were owned and purchased by his mother. But, you bring up another good point...why is it that males are the ones who predominantly commit violent crimes with guns? Female's are more likely to poison someone.

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