Wipe them from history

January 14th, 2011

Whenever some defective excuse for a human being goes on a shooting spree the media fills with the usual useless nattering: calls for more gun control, buy viagra order more metal detectors, viagra sales viagra more gun free zones and fewer violent movies and video games. (And, now, with the latest tragedy in Tucson they’ve added demands for less free speech.)

But here’s the thing: none of these prescriptions would have stopped the people (and I use that term loosely) who commit these types of crimes.

Guys like the shooter in Tucson don’t kill for politics. They don’t kill because guns are prevalent. They murder because they want us to know their names. They want to splatter their names like blood across the pages of the papers and add their infamy to the indexes of the history books.

You want to stop these guys? Take away their motivation.

Instead of rewarding them with the fame they crave, expunge them forever from human memory.

Destroy their birth certificates. Delete their drivers’ licenses. Burn their writings. Don’t even assign them a prisoner number in jail.

They didn’t matter.

They never existed.

They were never born.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Billiam  |  January 15th, 2011 at 3:54 am

    That is akin to banishment. It’s a good idea, to an extent. As we’ve seen throughout recorded history, we have a penchant for taking things 5 steps beyond prudent or practical right into absurd. If your idea is taken too far, as happens often, then how will we learn from the mistakes? Not that we pay any attention to history now, but, in a perfect world…

  • 2. Rustmeister  |  January 15th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Like another law will stop anything. The law against murder wasn’t deterrent enough?

  • 3. Roland Melnick  |  January 15th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I agree that banishment is a good idea…to an extent. We can’t totally erase their existence because, as Billiam said, how would we learn from it?

    It would be nice if he would only be referred to as “the Tucson shooter” and no photo. Like was said…don’t give em the fame they seek.

    Has anyone heard if the Pima Co. Jail staff set up a TV facing his jail cell so he could watch little Christina’s memorials?

  • 4. John Foust  |  January 16th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    “Create a Memory Hole, that’s the answer!”

    Such remarkable hypocrisy and lack of appreciation of the freedom of speech.

  • 5. Nick  |  January 17th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    As George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    As you have said, every time something this horrible happens, people rightly or wrongly attempt to “do something” so that it “never happens again.”

    Inevitably, those things are usually twisted by their own personal word view, and so they attempt to thwart free speech, or control guns, not because those were the cause of the tragedy, but because they end up using the tragedy to their political advantage to push forward their own agendas.

    It’s not enough to simply remember the past… we have to understand the past. The problem with these tragedies is that we don’t take the time to understand what actually happened. That makes us just as likely to repeat grim tragedies as not remembering them at all.

    The solution is to hold people accountable who take political advantage of these tragedies, not simply forget them completely. That’s burying our collective heads in the sand. It’s not easy, but good things rarely are.

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