Monday, 26 May 2014 18:30

California Shooting: The Missing Element

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After a year of planning his revenge on sorority sisters who had ignored him, causing him “pain” and “suffering," Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old student living in Isla Vista, California, began his killing spree at 9:30 p.m. Friday night. It ended 10 minutes later when Rodger, confronted by armed force, took his own life. In the wake were 12 separate crime scenes with seven people killed and 13 more (including a bicyclist and a skate-boarder) injured, some seriously.

Calling it a “chaotic, rapidly unfolding convoluted incident,” Sheriff Bill Brown added:

It’s obviously the work of a madman....

There’s going to be a lot more information that will come out that will give a clearer picture of just how disturbed this individual was….

[It was] premeditated mass murder.

The spree began at Rodger’s apartment, where he murdered his three roommates with a knife. He then shot three females in front of a sorority house near the campus of UC Santa Barbara and moved on to a deli, where he fatally shot another student. He then drove downtown, where he fired at two pedestrians, slowing down in front of a 7-Eleven long enough to wound another female. He ran a red light, hitting a bicyclist and a skateboarder. Finally, when confronted and challenged by armed sheriff's deputies, Rodger took his own life.

Diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger syndrome” as a youngster, Rodger was at the time of the shooting taking a number of prescription drugs including Xanax and Vicodin.

Prior to the shooting, he left plenty of evidence regarding his thoughts and intent. A video he posted on YouTube so unnerved his mother that she called social services in early April. When officers arrived at his apartment, Rodger presented himself as a model citizen, so friendly, open and transparent that the officers concluded that he was a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human [being].”

In his carefully crafted 141-page manifesto entitled “My Twisted World," however, Rodger noted that underneath that warm, friendly exterior was a cold-blooded murderer who had long been planning his retribution. From that manifesto Rodger wrote of the incident:

After only a week ... since I uploaded those videos on YouTube, I heard a knock on my apartment door. I opened it to see about seven police officers asking for me.

As soon as I saw those cops, the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me. I had the … fear that someone had somehow discovered what I was planning to do, and reported me....

The police interrogated me outside for a few minutes, asking me if I had suicidal thoughts. I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding and they finally left.

If they had demanded to search my room, that would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over....

Thankfully, all suspicion of me was dropped after I took down the videos from YouTube, and the police never came back.

In the video he entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” he stated:

You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. It's an injustice, a crime because I don't know what you don't see in me, I'm the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it. [laughs]

In the words of Massad Ayoob, for decades a student of criminal behavior, it's also the behavior of a psychopath, a misogynist, and a narcissist. Here’s more from Rodger’s rant to prove it:

I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. [laughs] Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I'll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I've had to rot in loneliness all these years. They all look down upon me every time I tried to join them. They've all treated me like a mouse….

You think I’m unworthy of you.... If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. [laughs] You denied me a happy life and in turn I will deny all of you life. It’s only fair. I hate all of you.

Janet Napolitano, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security and now UC Santa Barbara president, expressed sympathy without understanding:

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of a mass shooting last night in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara....

This is almost the kind of event that’s impossible to prevent and almost impossible to predict.

Rodger’s parents were equally appalled, according to their attorney:

My clients’ mission in life will be to try to prevent any such tragedies from ever happening again.

This country, this world, needs to address mental illness and the ramifications from not recognizing these illnesses.

Anti-gunners are having trouble turning the horror into a story supporting their agenda for more gun control. After all, a knife was involved in three of the murders, and Rodger's BMW was also used as a weapon. And in his car were 10-round magazines, allowed under California law to limit the mayhem in the event a criminal decides to launch an attack. The police found 41 such magazines. 

So far as we could tell, however, not one of those reporting on the incident in the mainstream media even so much as breathed a word on how such incidents, springing from the evil heart of a twisted individual, could be limited. It was only when Rodger was confronted with armed resistance that the killing spree ended. If students in Isla Vista or on the nearby campuses of UC Santa Barbara or Santa Barbara City College (where Rodger was a student) had been allowed to defend themselves with deadly force, the outcome likely would have been vastly different. It might not even have taken place at all as Rodger was too intelligent not to know that some of his intended victims would return fire, if they could. But they couldn’t. They were sitting ducks.

How much longer will such massacres — killing sprees inside “gun-free zones” more accurately called “criminal-safe zones” — take place until common sense replaces political correctness?

 Photo: AP Images

A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


  • Comment Link Michael Dalene Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:40 posted by Michael Dalene

    YOU PEOPLE REALLY SCARE ME! That YOU would call yourselves Americans and not see the intended perversion of the (future) laws made in respect to this incident only demonstrates the Danger YOU represent to this Republic.

    This criminal act will be perverted into laws which make anyone that "vents" frustration in any form the subject of political reprisal and LOSS OF RIGHTS simply on "suspicion" that they may 'carry-out' a perceived threat...

    Not unlike the perverted laws involving "Terroristic Threats." Now days simply getting Pissed-off and saying "I'll Kill You" or "Kick your Ass" will get someone (possible) jail-time and a felony...

    Seems to me that in a nation that supports the governments use of Terroristic Threats and actual Terroristic Acts in the interests of its State and federal "security" that the same Rights should apply to the People...

    After all, wasn't one of the Basic Principals upon which this nation was Founded that of "the Rights of the governed supersede those of the government?"

    Maybe that was True in America, BUT NOT IN ameriKa!!!

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:52 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    The main point of this article is overlooked while covering the subject of psychiatric Hocus Pocus: The danger of gun-free zones. As long as the public is unarmed, they cannot defend themselves against an armed maniac, because the police will come too late.

    Who wants the public to be unarmed? The same United Nations conspirators who want the whole nation to be unarmed, while arming the United Nations.

    Armed murderous maniacs are just a symptom of that.

  • Comment Link Depose Debauched Despots Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:10 posted by Depose Debauched Despots

    Gun-Free Zone = FREE KILL ZONE

    Go ahead . . . shoot & kill as many people as you want ! ! ! That is the real reason for "gun free"

    With good luck, the crazed killers shoot & kill only PC jerks. Hurry them back home to hell.
    Humankind should be so very lucky.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:27 posted by Heidi Preston

    There is a missing element alright. It's called "learned behavior". How we RESPOND to hurt and insult which is translated into anger is a big factor in what happens after the initial fantasies take place for revenge.

    " I once had to sit through a Rambo movie with some family members. There he was with those half-asleep Italian eyes, his muscles twitching, taking the insults. “Oh, oh!” they said. “He’s getting angry. Don’t make Rambo get angry!” they all gloated. And then they were slapping themselves and cheering as he hefted his huge machine gun and took aim.

    And this is what our culture teaches us—through ready-made fantasies in movies, television, music, popular literature, and advertising, and acted out in politics, sports, and even in our legal system—about responding to insult."-The psychology of terrorism

  • Comment Link rod ruger Monday, 26 May 2014 20:16 posted by rod ruger

    This story reveals, once again, the fallacy of mental health care. We spend $ billions each year on therapy and Rx drugs. There are few or no statistics that measure the efficacy of either, because there is no reliable measure. However, MHC is a money-making business, so we'll continue to spend and pretend.

  • Comment Link Luke Liesner Monday, 26 May 2014 18:55 posted by Luke Liesner

    Isn't it amazing that there are so many people in this country that believe that we cannot get rid of the people that do things like this, but if only we got rid of the guns everything would be alright. These are the same people that believe that killing innocent babies through abortion is the right way to get rid of unwanted problems. This is why we know that liberalism is a mental disease.

  • Comment Link Linda Joy Adams Monday, 26 May 2014 18:21 posted by Linda Joy Adams

    FORGOTTEN TRUTH; In 1985 the Us Supreme court ruled that modern medicine meant that few mental patients needed to be institutionalized for long periods of time any more AND the forgotten part is medical care was to be provided when they left and it ended with o almost every county and other entities created what became known as the PARTIAL HOSPITAL PROGRAM where patients came together for 1 to 5 days a week and not only shared but did learn social coping skills and things like shipping, cleaning, and cooking. The staffs were skilled and knew that teaching these skills is not like you or I taking a cooking classes at all part of all this was a watchful eye and working with their doctors and the persons individual counselors
    PRESDENT OBAMA, WITH A STOKE OF A PEN, DID AWAY WITH THIS PROGRAM AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN DEVATIATING IN MANY WAYS. Its a care covered under Medicaid which most do have or the state can fund it directly. Most health insurers are to cover it, but often refuse to certify the program as a preferred providers so they get out of paying the total charges even though portions should be covered partially under parity for some counseling type sessions. Fewer may be able to get on disability though Social security or to even keep it, as they do not have the documentation to show the kinds of problems these types of patients may have in trying to function on a regular job, And the sheltered work shops have mostly been done away with for them, too in this 'modern era" as the patients got paid by the piece and not a minimum wage.
    His public statement was he was doing away with cooking and living skills classes. NOT WHAT THESE WERE AT ALL. So the safety net for those who might do horrendous things to others is gone. Even for those who are not inclined to cause such tragedies are needing crisis counselors to intervene in their homes and those with loved ones to care for them , no longer have the professional help as back up. Its in these programs, where patients are detected as being off their meds or needing a change in dosage, etc. and able to get them back on track.

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