Another Massacre, Another Distracting Blame Game

by Diane Dimond on June 2, 2014

THIS is the Cause of the Massacre

THIS is the Cause of the Massacre

In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy we always look for someone or something to blame. In the case of the Isla Vista, California massacre in which six college students were murdered and 13 others wounded, the blame game started almost immediately. Most of the criticism was misdirected.

This mass murder was not due to the lack of strict gun laws. It was not the fault of violent video games. It wasn’t that the killer had an uncaring or inattentive family. It didn’t happen because the killer’s therapist or school counselor failed to decipher a madman’s inner turmoil. And it wasn’t because law enforcement somehow failed.

There is only one reason so many people died — 22-year-old Elliot Rodger was a young man of privileged means who was possessed by a demented, murderous and conniving mind. Period. 

For three years he meticulously concocted his hideous plan and documented it in a lengthy manifesto. All the while he appeared weird and stand-offish, according to classmates, but never dangerous.

Evil is sometimes like that. It can hide in plain sight.

Grief Stricken Reasoning Not Focused on Real Problem

Grief Stricken Reasoning Not Focused on Real Problem

The father of one of the dead, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, tearfully declared that the carnage was the fault of “craven, irresponsible politicians and the N.R.A.”

My heart goes out to that man but, respectfully, that conclusion is nonsense. California politicians have passed some of the nation’s toughest, most restrictive gun and ammunition laws in the nation – – despite intense lobbying from the National Rifle Association.

Besides, Elliot Roger didn’t rely on just his three (legally obtained) guns as he carried out his sick strategy. He began the spasm of violence by rendering his two roommates and a visitor defenseless with hammer blows to the head. He is then believed to have slit their throats with a knife and a machete, just as he had outlined in his manifesto. Evidence bags bearing these three weapons were seen being carried from his apartment. Elliot then jumped in his late model BMW and used it as a weapon, terrorizing pedestrians and bicyclists, injuring four.

To blame just one of the various weapons Elliot used – – the guns – – while ignoring the others overlooks the fact that it was his demented blood lust that drove the action and not any particular weapon. Were the guns an expeditious means to his awful end-game? Yes. But I’ll bet if Elliot had somehow been denied firearms he would have devised other fast-acting weapons to use like explosives or poison.

Roger's BMW Weapon After Massacre

Roger’s Weaponized BMW After Massacre

There will always be those who must find fault after such a murderous spree as if to say all horrible incidents can be avoided if we just pass enough laws. We all know that’s not true because those possessed of a mentally disturbed and criminal mind are obsessed. They let nothing stop them from their goal. Think Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski or Eric Rudolph, three delusional killers who used bombs to blast their way into infamy.

Many of the critical comments I’ve heard since the California killings have been directed at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. They should have done more, they should have searched Elliot’s apartment, they should have watched his on-line videos, goes the criticism. Let’s use our common sense here.

Elliot had three contacts with the department over the years. He once called deputies complaining that his roommate had taken $22 worth of candles from his room. No charges were filed. Officers were once called in after a drunken Elliot provoked an incident in a bar. In an area where many of the 22,000 UC Santa Barbara students routinely drink too much and cause a scene, Elliot’s actions hardly made him a standout. And finally, about a month ago, his mother became concerned about disturbing videos her son had posted on the internet and called for help.

Santa Barbara Sheriff Brown (R) & Lt. Steve Robel

Santa Barbara Sheriff Brown (R) & Lt. Steve Robel

A source inside the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office tells me they get welfare calls from worried parents, “All the time…and from locations across the country,” and officers dutifully follow up on each call.

In Elliot’s case deputies reported that when they located and spoke to him he was “courteous and polite.” He calmly answered all their questions and gave them no reason to think he was a danger to himself or others. The officers had no warrant to enter and search the property and even if they had found Elliot’s stash of guns and ammunition, so what? He was an adult and he owned them legally. Can you imagine the outcry if Sheriff’s deputies pushed their way into people’s homes on a whim?

As the Sheriff’s office source told me, “We can’t violate someone’s rights because we have a feeling. It doesn’t work that way.” Nor can a deputy arrest someone for posting free speech on line.

Sad Vigils Will Happen Again

Sad Vigils Will Surely Happen Again

The fault for the Isla Vista massacre lies not with the weapons used but with the man involved. The arrogant and delusion Elliot Rodgers whose mind had been festering and plotting toward this point for years. His hatred for the human race apparently began in middle school. It was there, this 22-year-old virgin wrote in his manifesto, that a younger classmate refused to return his affections. It was there he began to despise all the rest of us for our happiness.

While his parents have indicted their son had been in therapy for many years it was obviously not enough to ease his tortured mind.
Too bad we can’t channel all the energy that goes into finger pointing and demanding more laws and channel it into a way to help the truly sick who walk among us. They are the root of the problem.

Until we can figure out a way to identify, isolate and treat sick minds like Elliot Rogers’ we will continue to suffer the gut-wrenching and deadly after-effects of their maniacal breaks with reality.

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

ABQ Journal Reader Dave Hesse writes:

“Ya know, I think you are absolutely correct in saying that the guy’s messed up mind was the cause of the situation. However, I question your assumption that he would have found another way to wreak havoc..maybe so, but not for sure..just like the assumption that a little gun control would lead to gun confiscation…Other than paranoia, I never have had any gun worshipper explain to me how the proper registration of guns and proper licensing of gun owner/users would lead to gun confiscation…I’ve been in the car business for almost 40 years..every car that is built has a “birth certificate”, and every time it is resold, ownership changes hands on a legal document…and..we all must be licensed to drive, right?? Oh, I know..that’s a very old mantra…but..guess what..it has merit!!
Of course, like immigration control, it should have started decades, maybe centuries ago…it will be so very hard to implement anything that might really work, and with the NRA and its power over Congress, nothing will ever be done..we’ll just keep on killing each other and blaming it on messed up minds…pity!!”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

ABQ Journal Reader Ed Narlesky writes:

“Diane
I generally shy away from the opinion pages, maybe because of my age, 67, I hate to listen to the uninformed, and or, I’m too embarrassed to hear someone speak or write my own (Thoreau). I have developed my own at this age and generally don’t share because no one wants to listen to an old man or one doesn’t wish to argue with a fool, myself included. However, you’re piece rings so true it’s though it’s Sunday morning, all the church bells are ringing, the day has just started with a blue skies, patchy puffy clouds, slight breeze and the most comfortable temperature.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

Reader Brother Donald Spitz writes:

“Why do you think Eric Rudolph was delusional? Unborn babies are being murdered and he tried to save their lives.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 “

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

Brother Spitz:
First, I don’t appreciate you sending me the graphic abortion photo.
Second, Eric Rudolph believed that killing people to protest abortion (killing) was a rational and sane thing to do. I do not. In my constitutionally protected opinion I believe that is delusional thinking. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

ABQ Journal Reader Devon Woodyard writes:

“Dear Diane,

I have read your OP-ED column for a couple of years now and have generally agreed with you, not always, but have always felt you were level-headed, fair, and matter-of-fact.

Your latest piece moved me to say, “Wow, good job!” We all were aghast at how twisted and callous Elliot Rodger acted in his words and deeds. And while we all grieve at how many were killed, and how senselessly they were mowed down, it was done, not by guns, or by politicans, but “by a demented, murderous and conniving mind. Period.” (Your words.)

You hit the nail – right on the head. It was that young man’s fault. Not politicians. Not guns. His fault. And his alone.

So, please keep on writing and speaking the truth. It may not always be a popular position. You will have those who disagree with you. And you will have many, like me, who are encouraged that in this day and age, there are some who will speak the truth, and stand up for what is right. Period. (My words.)

Thank you. And please continue to stand as the voice of reason for those of us who refuse to be lead astray by the winds of change.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

ABQ Journal Reader George Baca writes:

“Diane,

It is always so refreshing to read your weekly articles in the Alb Journal. Yes, we humans are all too often ready to jump to conclusions without really dispassionately and objectively as possible looking at and weighing all the facts available.
Of course, there are so many variables in any human situation that it is impossible to really get all the facts. Plus each of us have been indoctrinated by parents, siblings, teachers, government, the media, religion, non-believers (I do not belong to an organized religion), our general environment, politics and so many other things including our present and past incarnation’s karma, etc.

We do need to draw conclusions and make choices in life on a moment to moment basis. I believe that each of us actually create, pull in or cause all that comes into our life and the world around us. In other words, the world is in each of us instead of us being in the world. We do need to take responsibility for our own life instead of wanting the government or some other institution of being to take care of us. As our very true self as Soul we are actually very competent beings. However reaching that level of beingness is not easy and yet is actually simple for those who catch on and attain that level of beingness. I happen to know three humans that have reached that level of beingness. It is great to be around them. You know they can read you well, yet they are non-judgmental, etc.

My belief is that each of us reincarnate into this physical world over and over again until one incarnation or another we finally discover that we are actually Soul made in the image and likeness of the Creative Force of the Universe. Soul is the true life force, the true beingness within each of us. The body, mind, psychi and causal aspects of our physical beingness are only for negotiating our life on planet earth. Once we come to realize who we truly are as Soul, there is no need to reincarnate into a physical world.

I have studied and looked into what life really is since the age of 5 when my great grandmother died. Relatives were around her on her death bed as she passed from this incarnation unto her next leg of her journey. I come from a Hispanic, Catholic back ground. The women were all dressed in long black dresses along with wearing black shawls and crying and wailing endlessly. All claimed that my great-grand mother was a very good and holy person and was certainly in Heaven. My thought was that if she was such a good woman with Heaven as her new abode that we should all be celebrating and jumping with joy. My search for the true meaning of life began.

I studied philosophy, meta-physics and religion with gusto and passion. I believe that I learned much. A few things I learned were that you can go to several Catholic and/or Protestant churches on a particular Sunday at which the same gospel is read and the interpretation was quite different in each of the services. It didn’t make sense to me. I studied many other religions and philosophies. Each claimed to have the answer to the purpose and meaning of life. Why were they so different? Why did each Christian religion claim to be the true “chosen ones”?

One conclusion I came to after studying Christianity extensively is that each sect was actually instituted by mere human beings, not by a God’man like Jesus, Krishna, Pathagorus(Sp), etc. As I studied the true major Spiritual movements, each was headed by what is called a Godman like Jesus. They all taught the same thing. Once the Godman translated from this physical life, others attempted to keep things moving but were never able to get the job done. The Catholic Church split and then the Protestants came along because they came across many non-truths being taught, etc. etc.

One thing that each of the true spiritual movements taught was that, “All are called but only a very few are ready at any given incarnation to follow what they called the “living master” of the times and come to realize who they truly were as Soul. Once they realized who they truly were there was no need to reincarnate into a physical life. They taught that there is always at least one “living master”or Godman on earth at any given time. Therefore, the Almighty is truly all knowing, just, loving,etc., etc. The true Godman of the times will gather those who are ready during his sojourn on the physical plane. There is much more to it than this. Each individual will find their true self, Soul, one incarnation down the road of life.

I further came to realize that the truths of life cannot be taught or learned. They have to be caught upon living life and sincerely and objectively seeking the truth.

Well, I got off to what could have been a book so I leave it at that. My last comment is that to me everything that transpires in each of our lives does so for a good and perfect reason. Yes, all that transpires on planet earth does so for a good, just and perfect reason even though so many things seem so stupid, evil or senseless.

Keep your weekly articles coming.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

Noozhawk Reader Heather Bryden writes:

“Diane,

BRAVA for your intelligent and accurate analysis of the Elliott murders. Unfortunately, the progressive mind believes that we can create heaven on earth by legislating goodness, brainwashing people into passive zombies who respond to orders from government, and controlling the weather. Conveniently forgetting we are mortal and that Evil exists on planet Earth.

Thank you so very much for your masterfully crafted piece. Your writing style is beautiful and clear-headed, a feast for the ear and mind.

Keep up the good work.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

NOTE TO READERS:

Noozhawk is a Santa Barbara County news organization that carries my weekly column. Since the massacre took place in their county you will see many comments below from Noozhawk readers.

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

Noozhawk Reader GuestO00 writes:

“Whenever I read about the background of the mass murderer, it always include stories of being bullied and getting rejected by peers. At that point, I already know what happened, spiral downward effect towards mental illness. That mental illness will always lead to HATE and that they deserve more than they are getting.
Research Brief: Childhood Bullying Linked to Adult Psychiatric Disorders. June 3, 2013. By: Chelsea Perugini, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Duke University professors recently published research that shows the degree to which bullying can affect someone’s mental health.
Authors Copeland, Wolke, Angold, and Costello discovered that victims of childhood bullying have a higher risk of developing mental health problems later in life. The study followed more than 1,000 youth, starting at the ages of 9, 11, and 13. The youth were interviewed each year until they turned 16. Follow-up interviews were then conducted into adulthood.
Results of the study showed bullying elevated the rate of mental health problems. Some of the key findings were: Youth who bullied were at risk for antisocial personality disorder. The link between bullying and mental illness is very real. Bullying is a serious problem for all involved and can have a lasting impact on someone’s entire life.
People commit mass murder then kill themselves because they feel that they do not “fit in” in this world or the world they want to be in. And to make the mass murderer feel that they do not ‘Fit In”, they would have felt rejected, bullied or got beaten up. All of these women-hating and narcissistic PD are just the manifestations of the mental illness that culminated from being bullied and being rejected. Those are not the cause of the mass murder.
So what is the solution? Be nice to everyone. Teach your children tolerance, integrated interaction and be nice to everyone including the “odd” people.
I encounter young adults in school who are consumed with hate and vengeance. I know they are trying to P me off on purpose. Yes, I dream of beating them up. But I am not buying it. I return it with kindness and understanding. Then they try to explain their behavior and I listen to them. They change their demeanor. So, I was not intolerant of their “odd” interaction with me. I tried to understand it and they opened up. I was amazed at how I changed the way I interacted to be understanding of their plight affected their demeanor.
Remember, whenever you bully, reject or beat up a person, you are contributing to that person’s growing mental illness.
So, Elliot and the mass murderers are a product of our society. They need to be understood, welcomed since they were younger, not rejected, bullied, or beat up.
Therefore, stop bullying, beating up, rejecting anyone, because I do not want to get shot or get killed by the person you bullied, rejected or beat up.”

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Les June 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

“Youth who bullied were at risk for antisocial personality disorder.”

Though this sounds correct to me it doesnt jive with the tone of your piece.

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

Noozhawk Reader M2457 writes:

“Well said Diane, I could not agree more!”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

Noozhawk Reader sevendolphins writes:

“There was no reason why the deputies could not have checked the gun purchase record of Rodger with the database they have. Apparently the gun purchase history is very easy to access from a patrol car. There is no violation of rights of Rodger involved. And knowledge that he had recently purchased 3 guns would have been a game changer. He had a record of very odd behavior.. he falsely accused other students at a party and had an odd accusation about candle theft from roommates. And as for stricter gun laws, why he needed 3 semiautomatic weapons and 400 rounds in clips escapes me.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

Noozhawk Reader Mark Mitchell replies:

“mark mitchell sevendolphins • 10 hours ago
As Diane says in the article, it just doesn’t work like that. He could have purchased 1000 guns. The guns were purchased legally. No crime was committed, and as for your comment about odd behavior, whoah! So now you want cops to decide who is odd and who’s not? And then conduct illegal search and seizure on those they “feel” are odd? I think you’re getting this country and the foundation of our laws confused with some other country… Ridiculous comment.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

Noozhawk Reader Sevendolphins replies to the reply:

“Yes, he could have purchased 1000 guns, and that would certainly have been even more odd. All cops do is decide what is odd and what is not, if you think about it. We need their judgement. I never said anything about illegal search and seizure. But it would have been quite sensible for the police to have asked his mother whether she knew about the guns… no laws broken by doing that. The cops did mediate a phone call between Rodger and her mother.
What is ridiculous is that in our country, which is 104th in the world in homicide rate, we don’t pause and think that maybe 400 rounds in automatic clips might be related to that homicide rate.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

Noozhawk Reader Robert Riversong writes:

“There have been many rush-to-judgement simplifications of this tragedy as based in one facet or another, whether gun control, mental health care, men’s entitlement and misogyny…
But no explanation is as mindless and simplistic as this one from Diane Dimond: it was HIS fault, period. As if emphasizing the punctuation makes an absurd comment true.
Only in the narrowest of legal perspectives was the fault entirely the perpetrator’s. Every study of school-area rampage killings has found a constellation of causes, from the psychological and developmental, to the familial and social, to the cultural templates, and the political and legal context.
That these events occur with striking regularity ONLY in the US, makes it patently evident to anyone who actually uses their mind that, more than anything, it’s a cultural problem in which we are all to some measure complicit.
Just as we cry “he was crazy” after the fact to convince ourselves that “normal” people don’t do such things, we cry “it was his fault” only to exonerate ourselves.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

Mr. Riversong,
As you can see I’m pleased to post comments that disagree with my viewpoints. But, honestly, I can’t think of one time (in the MANY) that you have commented on one of my columns in Noozhawk that you agreed with me. Perhaps you should move on to columns that please you more by agreeing with your viewpoint of the world. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

ABQ Journal Reader Greg Nelson writes:

“Diane,
Absolutely loved your article. In my opinion this behavior with the younger generation is only going to get worse. I believe this stems from the “everyone is a winner” mentality taught to today’s kids. Kids today aren’t learning rejection. Not every kid is good a baseball, or basketball. So instead of forcing the issue find something a child is good at and focus on that.
So a girl rejected this A-Hole, so what. Everyone has been rejected, its part of growing up. Same thing with bullying, people being arrested for bullying? Thats ridiculous. People need to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their own lives and actions. You can lay on the guns, knives and hammers on a table and not one of those items is going to hurt or kill someone on their own. “

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

Noozhawk Reader Glenn Leonard writes:

“Ma’am,

I just read your column “Blame for Isla Vista Massacre Lies with Elliot Rodger”. Thank you for recognizing the evil in the world we live in. I understand that many will not agree with you, but that is the wonder of America. We have the right to disagree and to freely express our personal opinion.

Thank you, have a safe and wonderful day.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

Noozhawk Reader Pat Tisdale writes:

“Dear Ms. Dimond,

Thank you for your common sense assessment of where blame lies. I totally agree. However, I would like to add another dimension for consideration. The shooter had Aspergers, a spectrum of autism. The common thread among all the spectrums of autism is the inability to interact socially, resulting in miserable human beings. There is no where in Santa Barbara for deputies to take the disturbed, as there are only 16 mental health beds, where there’s suppose to be 70 according to CNN. Mental health care is almost non-existent in CA and with the epidemic of autism youth becoming young adults, there is nothing for them after high school, which is more like a holding facility ’til they’re 18. So what happens? Do they become street people? Other states, such as Utah, have programs and help for them. Could you please look into this? Our politicians won’t!!!! I’m surprised there aren’t more incidents as are some authorities.

Many thanks in advance,
~ Grandmother of a suffering grandson with a spectrum of autism, ADD, and Tourettes. “

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

Noozhawk Reader C. Fergy writes:

“I agree 100% with Diane on this one. The first words out of the victims father’s mouth was gun control. My first thought was, wait a minute he killed his roommates with a hammer and machete and injured several with his BMW. I don’t see anyone crying for tighter control on sales of machetes, hammers or BMWs. Diane is correct, if he couldn’t get his weapons of choice he would have gotten some weapon.
As far as the parents, not sure why they didn’t get a court order to have him committed at least for observation when he posted the video. Or why didn’t they go to his home and look through his things. No law against them doing that.
Whomever said this was a result of relentless bullying, I disagree. This kid was raised with money and went to really good schools. If he was being bullied in a private school it would have been dealt with. The public schools are where the bullying goes unchecked and causes psychological issues.
I believe this is the results of never saying NO to a child and giving them everything that they want. They are handed everything they ask for. Then they become a teenager and have to be told NO for the first time and they have no coping skills to deal with it. The girl that he claimed caused his downward spiral in middle school doesn’t even remember him and was mortified that she was even mentioned in his manifesto. He probably asked her to a dance and she said no. In his mind that was bullying him and degrading him, remember he probably has never been told NO up to that point.
This is a story about entitlement going to the extreme. Elliot was also complaining about never having experienced sex. He had money, he had a BMW, why didn’t he just go pay for a prostitute? Why didn’t he go find someone that would have been impressed with his worldly knowledge and BMW that was in a lower social circle? Because he wanted sex from a specific type of person and could not handle being told NO. In his mind he was entitled to be with a beautiful blonde girl that comes from a wealthy family.
The fault lies with parents that give everything to their children, teach them to believe they are better than others because of their social status and don’t spend time with them teaching the real skill set that they need to survive in this sometimes cruel world. I have never gotten everything I wanted in life, but in hind sight I can tell you have gotten what I needed and I learned to live with the wants that I couldn’t get. Of course I raised poor so maybe that was a blessing.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

Noozhawk Reader Deldern writes:

“This is the best article to come out regarding this story. We, as a society, have become blinded by propaganda which instills in us the belief that no one is responsible for his or her actions. We have been brainwashed into thinking that our culture and every little event that happens in our lives is responsible for what we do. This country, which began with the idea of self-determination, has almost completely abandoned that belief.
Bullying is a heinous thing and causes great harm but, let’s carry this to its logical conclusion using the rationale of non-responsibility. Let’s say the bully was himself bullied, and the person who bullied him was also bullied, and so on and so forth. Should we hunt down every bully who bullied another bully? And what about the fact that this bully (for that is how Elliott ended his life…as a bully) used weapons to bully his perceived enemies…something his enemies did not use on him. Does that make Elliott’s bullying a more serious crime or should we feel sorry for him and, by extension, for all those who bullied him if they were, in fact, bullied by others? Should we use this same argument for the child molester who was himself molested, perhaps by someone who was also molested?
I submit to you that this is a rationale that cannot be supported for there are many victims of bullying and child molestation who do not go on to perpetrate onto others the crimes that were inflicted upon them. Thus, the only behavior upon which we can judge another and hold him accountable is his own. Were it not so then it would be equally impossible to reward acts of uncommon goodness as we would have to assume that they were merely products of the giver’s cultural influences.
This is not to say that there should not be intervention as much as possible, in the lives of young people who are obviously at risk. We can all agree that criminal acts are wrong and those who appear to be headed in that direction deserve to be exposed to positive alternative behavior and rewarded when they choose “goodness” but it must be their choice and those who choose otherwise must be held accountable for their actions as well. What happened in Isla Vista was not the fault of society or guns or bullies. There may have been a combination of factors that contributed to this tragedy, (how much we shall never know) but, ultimately, it was Elliott’s CHOICE to do what he did.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

Facebook Friend Beverly Ann Smallwood writes:

“Excellent insight, Diane.”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

Facebook Friend Ginnie Oleskewicz Schwartz writes:

“You nailed it Diane Dimond”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Facebook Friend Paula Geisler writes:

“Right on the money, Diane Dimond……he and his mental illness were to blame for what he did….tragic on every level”

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Diane Dimond June 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Facebook Friend Arthur Greenwald writes:

“My compliments on your Isla Vista article. Very well reasoned and presented. Let’s hope people can hear it above the social media chatter.”

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CLS June 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I agree with you: Mr. Elliot is the only person responsible for his atrocious actions.

That said, what was the genesis of his behavior? What I have noticed in each of these mass murders is the degree of anger. What is the cause behind that? Guns certainly don’t make people angry. Mental illness is not the cause of that kind of rage. If the mentally ill are dangerous to anyone, it is only to themselves, as many either try to commit suicide or at least try. Perhaps we, as a society, need to begin looking for the real causes. Then we can address them.

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

Twitter Pal VinnieGoombots writes:

“@DiDimond I blame the therapist, a person under care for yrs. and see nothing, I question the therapist ability.”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Facebook Friend Lynne Adrine writes:

” Diane: You’re participating in the blame game, but from the other side. It’s not “either/or,” it’s both.

http://www.nytimes.com/…/why-cant-doctors-identify…

Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?
http://www.nytimes.com
We can’t predict which mentally ill people will become violent.”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Facebook Friend Bill Voinovich writes:

” How’s this participating in the blame game? SOMEBODY had to see this going on & just didn’t want to be BOTHERED…Till it was TOO LATE.”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Facebook Friend Barbara Russo-Mar writes:

“His parents did all they could do..this killer was an adult”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Facebook Friend Lorrie Sarafin writes:

” i am sure some kind of pyschactive drugs contributed to this…I heard he had been in therapy since he was 8 years old…”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Facebook Friend Amy Tanaka writes:

“Beautifully said, Diane, the voice of reason…..”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Facebook Friend Jane Vardon Bouffard writes:

“Yes. A voice of reason.”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Facebook Friend Madeline Michele Hovey writes:

“I agree with the grief stricken father..100% but good write up…”

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Diane Dimond June 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Twitter Pal ChicagoJude writes:

“@DiDimond i agree, and I see him as completely EVIL.”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

ABQ Journal Reader Bettie B. Dossett writes:

” I want you to know that, for the first time, several days ago I read your ENTIRE column as it appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. I especially liked, very much, your line “lets use some common sense here” or words to that effect!
We will always have unhappy people among us; there will always be children who are mistreated even though they shouldn’t be.

There are truly NO “CONTROLS” that will change things. Gun Control is a totally misguided idea; “people control” could help but that, too, is absolutely impossible. Every human mind operates differently, or in its own channel.”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Huffington Post Reader John Friend writes:

“Good post. I wish more people would see the facts as they are and not how they want them to be.”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Huffington Post Reader Reply Drew Baumgartner writes:

“So wait, you are actually blaming the shooter? I don’t see how this is possible. Isn’t the huffpro anti gun? Ok joking aside, thanks for a well balanced post. It is nice to see someone actually blaming the right party this time.”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Huffington Post Reader Darke Tyger writes:

“Gun control has never been about keeping people safe. It’s about power and tyranny. “

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Huffington Post Reader Jerry Bourbon writes:

“It is about disarming the working class, not disarming the bodyguards of the likes of Michael Bloomberg or Michael Moore.”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Huffington Post Reader Joe Matthies writes:

” Very well said!”

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Noozhawk Reader Shawn Meehan writes:

“Diane,

Thank you for writing this. We hear now there was another shooting at Seattle-Pacific University by a mentally disturbed individual. Laws are in place for reporting mental deficiencies but reporting compliance is pathetically low.

The discussion needs to be had. I wonder how much arrogance, ignorance and emotion your article will meet in Santa Barbara.”

Thanks,
Former Santa Barbaran

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Noozhawk Reader Joe Meehan writes:

“Diane –

Thank you for taking the time to address the real issues of this tragedy. I congratulate you on your research and presentation and realize that many people, who do no research but rely on emotions, will disagree with your findings no matter how accurate they may be. Not only do I agree with your findings, but I would like to add to them by having you review the youtube link that I am including with this email that adds further substance to your article. Again, thank you for your courage to comment on this issue and I wish you much success in the future.”

Joe Meehan
Solvang, CA

http://www.youtube.com/embed/XNUc8nuo7HI

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Diane Dimond June 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Reader Warren Madden writes:

“Ms. Dimond,

I want to thank you for your well though out article. While I am an avid gun rights supporter, I am also a proponent of smart gun laws. Thank you for your insight, and I hope other writers can follow suit and prepare pieces that don’t succumb to the “popular” view of law abiding firearm owners. ”

Best Regards,
Warren Madden

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Diane Dimond June 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Portland Tribune Reader boydboy writes:

” Wonder why crazies in other countries don’t commit mass murders, but our crazies do it every month or so. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that our crazies can arm themselves to the teeth. No, that would be too logical for the naive idiots like Diane Diamond.”

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Diane Dimond June 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Dear boydboy,

There are about 300 million guns in America, Boydboy. More than 99.999% of them are used and stored safely. “Crazies” as you choose to call the mentally ill kill with all sorts of weapons…poison, knives, their hands, by bludgeoning their victims, etc. My thesis has long been that if we could find a way to identify and help these sick individuals everyone would be safer. Call me a “naive idiot” if you like but I’m entitled to my opinion. ~ DD
P.s. – you spelled my last name wrong

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Diane Dimond June 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Portland Tribune Reader richb429 writes:

” The “weapon” of choice was his mind. Likely he will be found to be a psychopath. Has been since birth. Decades ago, in college, I researched and found compelling evidence, according to my instructor, from PhD’s that although curing phsycopaths was out of the question, identifying them was actually quite doable. What to do with the results is another matter altogether. By age 5-6, psycopaths can be identified with a high degree of accuracy. Well, we could test and do nothing with the results, sort of like the results of IQ tests. Or we could file them and determine a societal use for that information. Let’s take the first step.”

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Diane Dimond June 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Dear richb429,

I couldn’t agree more Richb429! Help the mentally disturbed we help ourselves stay safe. ~DD

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Diane Dimond June 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Noozhawk Reader Cristeen Crabtree writes:

“Very good story and very good points. We as humans sadly to say like pointing the finger not dealing with problems. Mental Illness is a very real and big problem in our country people do not want look at in the face. It makes us uncomfortable so because of that mind set we look away and then these horrible tragedies happen to families that leave open wounds that never heal. Your right we do not need more laws, we need more caring, more understanding, more kindness and more love for mankind period.”

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