Archive for April 3rd, 2009

If only Death had taken this ass before he killed so many innocent people.

The title read:

Binghamton Bloodbath: 14 Dead in Citizenship Massacre

We have relatives in Binghamton and we called them pretty quickly – everyone ok, no one even near this place.

But I want to say something.  We make up rules. Serial killers or President killers – assassins for the most part… they get three names.  John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Mark David Chapman, etc.

So why can’t we have a rule that says that, when they list the number of dead after a terrible event such as this, they can’t count the killer when he offs himself.  You lump that guy into the tally and it puts him in a group with his victims when he deserves to be alone.  In part:

The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

- Sir Walter Scott - The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Cantos Sixth

No, it is not the same context, but the feeling is there.  There should be contempt for this creature.  There should be a declarative statement of just what his end was.  And there should be recognition that he deserves little else.

He killed 13 people.  Thirteen innocent people.  Then he did the world a favor (scant ’twas, devoutly to be wish’d he had started with himself) by suicide.

On the other end of the spectrum, we learn of a woman receptionist, name unknown:

The female, now in critical condition, pretended she was dead to fool the shooter, then ducked underneath her desk to make the 911 call that alerted police.

That is a woman who shoud be wept, honored, and sung.  Preferably while alive.

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