We note, with a certain degree of awe for his chutzpah, that our new commenter Greg has attempted to make the attack on the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church about the failure of the congregants to adequately arm themselves before attending service.
Isn’t it amazing? Consider: Here we have an activist who supports and promotes a local politician who regularly churns out nuggets of hate speech like this:
“Forcing the Boy Scouts to hire homosexuals is the same as being an accessory to the rape of hundreds of boys.”
Understand that there is an entire industry – a good portion of it based in Loudoun County – devoted to producing a constant diet of such ideas. When the consumers of this diet are told over and over that “liberals,” or gay people, or transgender people, or whoever is the target of the moment, are a threat to children, or are destroying the world and must be stopped, it creates what criminologists call a scapegoat mentality. Sooner or later a mentally unbalanced, violence-prone individual like the shooter in this case is going to take those ideas to heart. The only surprising thing is that it hasn’t happened more often.
So – this poor manipulated man finally does what, to his damaged mind, he has been called on to do by these “truth-tellers” like Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.
“This is not just violence in a vacuum,” says Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice and director of the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “When they perceive themselves to have played by the rules, they will lash out indiscriminately not just at innocent people, but innocent people who symbolize what they believe has done them wrong.”
I imagine we’ll be hearing more about Mr. Adkisson’s reading list – but given what we know, can there be any doubt that, if he had been living in Loudoun, he would have been Eugene Delgaudio’s Number 1 fan, hanging on every scapegoating word? Let me answer that – no.
That’s quite a trick – promoting the creation of a deranged hunter, then blaming the hunted for failing to adequately protect themselves from that creation.