The male ego is a delicate little snowflake, and if you hurt it the consequences can be fatal.
Remember the Toronto Van Killer, or Alek Minassian? Yeah, he would be the Incel Rebellion footsoldier who killed 10 people because he was sick of being rejected by women.
He isn’t the first to kill because he was rejected, and he sure as hell won’t be the last.
[Oh, and don’t forget that Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, had a history of belittling and demeaning his partner, and that abuse links him to a number of other mass shooters.]
On Friday morning over in Texas 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 and injured 13 in the latest school shooting, and if you ask Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick it’s because the school has too many doors.
The mother of one of those murdered says that Pagourtzis was driven to kill because, as you may have guessed, he was rejected by a woman. The LA Times reports:
One of Pagourtzis’ classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, “had 4 months of problems from this boy,” her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.”
Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she wrote. “Shana being the first one.” Rodriguez didn’t say how she knew her daughter was the first victim.
Perhaps there are other factors in play, too, but it’s frightening how often these attacks can be linked to a male having his ego damaged.
Other reports point to just how twisted his mind was at the time:
The gunman repeatedly taunted students during the attack, according to another harrowing account posted to Facebook by one survivor’s mother.
After scrambling to escape the shooter’s blasts in the art room, Isabelle Van Ness, covered in dust from rounds hitting her classroom walls, could hear the shooter in a next-door classroom yelling, “Woo hoo!” while shooting, according to her mother, Deedra Van Ness.
“The gunman then comes back into their room and they hear him saying … are you dead? Then more shots are fired,” Deedra Van Ness wrote. “By this time, cell phones all over the classroom are ringing and he’s taunting the kids in the closet asking them … do you think it’s for you? do you want to come answer it? Then he proceeds to fire more bullets into the closet and tries to get in.”
According to some reports, Pagourtzis said that “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told”.
How’s this for a frightening headline by the New York Times:
Kids actually openly discuss where to sit in class to reduce their chances of being killed by a school shooter.
But yeah, your right to bear arms trumps the children’s right to learn without fear of being murdered.
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