Another horrific mass killing by another self-pitying, disaffected young man that has left many innocent people dead and others injured raises the inevitable question: What do we do about the creepy, murderous lunatics in our midst?
It’s not like Elliot Rodger, the selfie-taking 22-year-old loser who is the latest perpetrator of a murderous rampage, didn’t give society fair warning. He was seeing therapists, he had several encounters with law enforcement personnel, and his parents were so concerned about his erratic behavior that they alerted the police — who interviewed him and found him to be a polite young man notwithstanding his weird actions.
The modern world being what it is, Rodger turned to social media — Facebook and YouTube — to provide an outlet for his self-absorption and outrage about being a lonely person who was disturbed because women were not attracted to him. Rather than look inward for the answer to that question, he blamed the women and vowed to kill them in a self-aggrandizing video he recorded before he went on his final death drive. He stabbed people and randomly shot people and then ultimately killed himself.
We grieve for those who were killed and their families, who must be wondering about the random unfairness of a world where such a senseless thing could happen. All of which boils down, again, to the essential questions: How many egotistical killers like Elliot Rodger are out there, and what do we do to protect ourselves from them?