I've held my peace long enough. Now, it's time to offer my own opinion on the late Elliott Rodger, son of an assistant director on the "Hunger Games" movies, who stabbed his three college roommates to death, then went postal, killing three more people before making like a coward, unwilling to stand trial, and taking his own life.
The one thing that struck me as odd about this entire case, right from the go, based on the news accounts I've read, was that this was about his inability to either make love, or, at the very least, get a date. Quite simply, Rodger couldn't get any.
Like, couldn't he have taken a sex education course either in high school, or at college? His role models must've been Beavis & Butt-Head instead of, say, Andrew "Dice" Clay. Mike Judge's animated airheads couldn't get any, either, and it didn't bother them one bit. Then again, neither one of them was exactly a brain surgeon to start with.
On the front page of Tuesday's New York Daily News came a headline declaring that the source of Rodger's hate was his junior high school crush, who at the time was only 10, while Rodger was 12. The tabloid smartly blurred the face of the young lady, now 20, to avoid giving her any undue embarrassment. Apparently, Elliott's dad spent so much time working in Hollywood, such that he never taught his kid anything, or couldn't get up the cheddar to hire Dr. Ruth as a tutor. Please.
Of course, there's the usual whining about guns, but Rodger didn't profile as being a few fries shy of a Happy Meal, and obtained his weapons legally. That means his teachers, as well as his parents, missed something along the way. He internalized his anger toward women until he could contain it no longer. That says to me he thought he could deal with it himself, but internalizing feelings doesn't always work. In today's paper, the father of one of the victims lashed out at Congress for not doing anything, considering how the NRA and other lobbyists have supposedly such a firm control of certain lawmakers. That's because money gets in the way of justice in these cases. The 2nd Amendment is supposed to allow us to defend ourselves, but in the 21st century, there are too many people out there who've lost their way, and, like Rodger, are lashing out in the worst possible way. The NRA protects them, but shouldn't. Considering that it's run by a moron, well......!