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The Search for Information After Major Crimes. (rant). - June 14th 2016, 04:03 AM

I have been having a look at some news materials from the incident in Orlando, and details have begun emerging of the gunman himself. People have begun interviewing people who knew the gunman and had infinitesimal interactions with him, and making inquiries in relation to his police history and mental health history. However, I cannot help but question the motivation and the ultimate goal of the search for such information.

To put it bluntly, who cares?

If not for the complete apathy for the status of the gunman as a human being and characters then in the Defense of his rights and empathy, why would you want to know, and dive so far beyond the ramifications of the actual incident. I do not mean to go on a Daily Mail rant about the state of media reporting and so on, that becomes very boring after a while, but how accurate is that information.

The examination of the interactions of the gunman's next door neighbour and milkman gives everyone who knew him an opportunity to say, beyond any sort of substance, "now that I think about it, or more likely as I make something up in my subconscious mind, there was something not quite right". The examination of his status as a loner and someone who did not interact with other people is not only extremely unfair to him, but distracting from the actual incident.

What do you gain from that?

The search for information in relation to his mental instability and social awkwardness is infuriating and entirely bewildering to me. Maybe this is empathy at its complete extreme, maybe I am being cold for defending the gunman and his state, but it is not right for people to insult someone for the purposes of information or the building of a brick wall, no matter who that person is.

This is not a matter that is unique to Muslim terrorists or people in America, but this is why crime and criminal law is a complete basket case to me. For example, earlier this year, the anniversary of a major massacre in Tasmania was commemorated and for the event, Mile Willisee, the Seven Network's resident Sherlock Holmes impersonator made a full length slather and thrashing of Martin Bryant, the killer in question. He even went as far as to talk to people who knew him as a child and making observations in relation to his isolation and unusual nature. What good does that do, apart from the appointment of someone to blame and whose ass to kick from behind barbed wire fences and bars?

It is malicious and not a successful testament to the victims of the loner, as observed by people who passed him on the street thirteen years ago.

However, maybe these are questions for psychologists and philosophers, why people want to know this information and go after people in that way.


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Re: The Search for Information After Major Crimes. (rant). - June 14th 2016, 04:58 AM

People are looking for answers. Why did he do what he did when and where and how he did it. And there's fear. There had to be something wrong, signs that he was going to do this because people don't want to believe that the people they know could be capable of committing horrendous acts like this one. People don't want to identify parts of themselves in someone who made the choice to take the lives of so many people. So they find reasons they can't relate to. People don't want to believe that their neighbor or friend or classmate or son or mother or whoever could be a monster. They don't want to believe that this could happen to them or the people they love. So there's a witch hunt for a reason. An answer to how this could have happened. They need someone or something to blame because that's easier than believing that sometimes people do evil things for no good reason.

No one wants to worry that the monsters of tomorrow are the children they tuck into bed at night.



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