The Allure of Mass Murder

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Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA – -( “Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.”

That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Cxxxxx Hxxxx-Mxxxx was made after Vxxxx Lxxx Fxxxx shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman.

“I have noticed,” said the blog post, “that people like [Flxxxx] are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who you are.”

Hxxxx-Mxxxx had found the key to his future, and given us a truism for our time.

For the world now knows who Hxxxx-Mxxxx is.

We have seen his face on TV. We have read how he murdered eight students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College, how those who admitted to being Christian were executed in front of the class with a bullet to the brain.

When detectives arrived, Hxxxx-Mxxxx was wounded in a firefight, fled back to his bloody classroom and shot himself. From start to finish, the worst shooting in Oregon's history lasted half an hour.

When the news broke, predictably, President Obama was back in the White House briefing room calling for new laws to control the sale of guns.

You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” said Rahm Emanuel.

Yet it is hard to find an episode where new gun laws would seem less relevant. For what took place at Roseburg, Oregon, was a planned massacre by a man full of hate who had decided to end his life in a blaze of infamy, by suicide, or suicide-by-cop, so he could become as famous as the killers of Columbine, Ft. Hood, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson, Virginia Tech and Charleston.

Hxxxx-Mxxxx wanted to die as a mass-murderer.

Is someone driven by such hatred, such determination to have us know who he is, going to be deterred by a new federal statute that says he cannot acquire the guns he needs to succeed, out of 300 million guns in America?

Roseburg, Oregon reinforces the case made by the NRA.

Often, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

That's who finally stopped Hxxxx-Mxxxx. Regrettably, none of the innocent dead at Umpqua was carrying a concealed weapon.

Prediction: We are going to have more of these massacres.

Why? Because we rewarded Hxxxx-Mxxxx for his barbarity in the currency he craved, the only currency he cared about: fame and immortality in this world. Before Oct. 1, Hxxxx-Mxxxx was a nobody, a loser, a recluse with no girlfriend. For a brief time, this nobody has become as notorious as John Dillinger and Jesse James.

The lesson of Roseburg, Oregon?

If you are sick of life and hate the world, you can end it in a way that makes that world take notice of who you were. If you are willing to shoot a dozen unarmed people, and die in a blaze of gunfire, TV will interrupt its broadcasting to report on who you are, what you did, and to read on-air selections from your fiery final manifesto.

The Charleston killer Dxxxx Rxxxx had photos of himself waving the Battle Flag shown to all of America. The Roanoke killer took cellphone photos while shooting the woman reporter.

Moreover, society is producing more and more dead souls like Hxxxx-Mxxxx, who crave the same reward.

The child of a broken family, he was taught in schools from which the Ten Commandments had been ruthlessly expunged. He grew up in a deracinated society whose reverence for human life is testified to by 55 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, and by video games where killing of simulated human beings is treated as a participant sport.

In the country of yesterday, “Thou shalt not kill” was the word of God, and the penalty for breaking God's law and man's law was not only execution, but the loss of one's soul.

How many still believe that?

We have a drug culture where those with mental illness are prescribed ever more powerful antidepressants. And modernity has no convincing answer to the eternal question, “Why not?”

Across the secularized West, in the thousands, young men are being attracted to the Islamic State to become suicide bombers. The drawing card? Footage of anti-Islamists being beheaded on a beach.

And the reward that Islamists offer to their suicide bombers?

Not too different from ours. We make our monsters media celebrities of the moment. The Islamic State makes them martyrs for Allah who spend eternity in paradise.

In a de-Christianized America where no higher law exists, killing is a commonplace occurrence, and the popular culture is polluted by raw sex and violence, what answer does society give to the Hxxxx-Mxxxxs who are willing to kill in large numbers to become famous?

We are not the rules-based society we once were. We have junked the Christian code, embraced absolute social freedom, and dispensed with the moral sanctions.

Yet instead of the Great Society of liberalism's promise, we seem to be approaching a society that is sick unto death.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 16 thoughts on “The Allure of Mass Murder

    1. I completely agree, when a society loses it’s moral compass, and multiple generations live without one, societal degeneration happens quickly. With the legalization of abortion, human life was devalued. With the removal of Judeo-Christian materials from schools and their replacement with humanist materials, absolutes were gone and situational ethics took their place.
      Now if someone ‘offends’ you, it seems justifiable to kill the offender in the most spectacular way so as to devalue them and elevate yourself, if only for a news cycle.
      It’s a sick, depraved and broken world we live in; but I’ve read the last chapter, righteousness wins.

    2. Absolutely agree with your comments regarding the media. Just as quickly as these mass shootings are popping off, so are the shootings of the cameras! They can’t wait to show the masses every detailed second while truly believing that the masses really care to see it all. I honestly believe the media drives what we want to see while our brain in most cases doesn’t even know what it wants to see. It’s force fed to us like we are infants when in all actuality if we had a real voice we would tell the media to stick it and report on something educational. And I can hear it now from bleeding heart that I should be more compassionate for the lives and families affected, which believe it or not but I am, however the media can eliminate all the attention on the shooter and report about the victims. What ever happened to “what we don’t know won’t hurt us”? There was a day in our society when less meant more meaning all of this glorified hysteria reported by the media would be much better if they didn’t give these clowns the time or day. But again we are so money driven in this country that ratings equates to money and job security. They give the “cowards” platform to become someone and still die a nobody. As a counrty we have lost our moral compass. Maybe the real “coward” is the media?
      — I’m a huge supporter of the 2A but the only reason I carry is because of what the media is reporting about!!

    3. First the perpetrator’s name is “the coward”. Blame the coward, not the lack of religion. There are many people without any need for religion that still believe in the personal right to self-defense and in the rights of others. Most tyrants want to divide, with the ultimate purpose of setting themselves as the end-all, i.e. they want to be that god.

      If your only reason for be “moral” is the reward in the afterlife, are you really moral or just getting payback?

      1. Many more people who are “without religion” and who are without moral upbringing, have no sense of others rights. Or have a care about them. Yes it is possible to be moral and be anti-Christian. It is possible to be immoral and be a Baptist. Which is most likely to work in society? Christianity was the foundation of this nation not atheistism. What have atheist brought to the table? If it feels good do it? The rot in our society is from moral bankruptcy. Please atheists come up with some moral code in your families. My family servers Christ.

        1. You presumptuous, fatuous fool. Do you honestly believe that just because we don’t believe in *your* God we have no respect for the sanctity of life and others? We’re the ones pushing for equality!

          You, whose religion seeks to persecute those who are different, have no business accusing anyone on the face of this earth of not recognizing the rights of others. It is you, my misguided fellow, who are responsible for the hate of those who make different life choices. It is you who would deny the right to choose. It is you who hates an entire sub-culture based on a few. You are part of the problem.

          Feel free too pray for me and others who are ‘godless’ in your eyes. I know my creator, I know I shall see paradise, and I know that I will not quash the rights of others to pursue their path to their Gods. Jump off your moral high horse and realize that all but a very few other faiths have a respect for the sanctity of others’ rights and liberties. Christianity does not hold sole domain in the capacity for compassion.

          1. You presumptuous, fatuous, fool. You condemn many millions of people by attempting to paint them all as hatefully opposed to your lifestyle and/or world-view. H

        2. And get this, Ammoland (true author cowardly remaining anonymous) blames de-CHRISTIANIZED America. So, a Buddhist country would have no respect for human life? You religious blabmouths spoil a forum by bringing irrelevant topics, and spoil a would-be good article on morality (as a topic) using Christian allusions only– i.e., de-Christianized, un-Christian, and Christian America, synonymous with “past”.
          I wish that Anonymous-ammoland-contributor would put non-shooting topics in their own category, outside “Gun rights” and quit assuming that atheists and any other religious affiliations don’t have a right to or interest in guns.

          1. Yes. After all what can be worse than having to read or tolerate an opinion that disagrees with your own. The idea is repugnant. Let’s ban “those” kinds of articles and replies. ZERO TOLERANCE!

        3. If anything the U.S. Constitution is anti-Christian. Note how many of the Ten Commandments are violated by the 1A.

          What atheists brought? Science and technology for starters. Then there’s individual rights. More importantly criminalizing acts based on the fact they’re violent. For example, rape is much of a crime as per the Bible.

    4. Oh dear god, blaming video games? Newsflash every study out there has pointed straight away to how video games have likely been a major part of the DROP in overall violent crime. For that matter, Call of Duty/Medal of Honor/Battlefield have done more to help the black rifle culture than just about any other single thing I can point to. It made it cool, and more importantly it demystified automatic weapons and silencers for the milennials and those coming after them.

      1. I read your comment and thought you were being facetious, joking about the video games reducing crime. Then I reread it because it made no sense. Then I got it, your outtake from this very good writing was to defend violent video games. Are you over 16 yrs. old?

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