By Jim Berlin
TV talking heads earnestly seeking motivation as they ask the cameras Why?…knee-jerk Second Amendment-haters demanding more gun controls…and perhaps the most annoying smoke of all – a somber parade of mental health experts struggling to tell us how mass killers come to be.
“Don’t equate violence with mental illness,” one of them said. “It could have been mental illness; it could have been a certain type of genetic disposition. It could have been the environment someone grows up in. There are basic changes (in young adults). Hormonal changes, changes in roles, changes in expectations.”
When experts in any field are solicited by the media to offer analysis for public consumption, the least qualified reflexively avoid the simplest solutions. They must protect their turf – their alleged expertise – so they obfuscate, dance around the issue, add layers of needless complexity. All of which are designed to convince laymen that the very depth of their knowledge precludes an easy answer.
So they back up their trucks and unload a huge pile of…crap.
People like the Colorado killer are, quite simply, nut cases.
They are nuts because their brains have been chemically or physically altered. They are nuts because the components in the mind that promote sympathy and empathy are either missing or horribly deformed.
Their wiring, for whatever reason, is so constructed that the most horrendous act appears as a rational course of action. There is no motivation to be discovered, no why to be answered. Those are mitigating luxuries reserved for normal human beings.
The only defense society has against nut cases is someone turning them in before they get to work, or killing them as quickly as possible once the mayhem begins.
Instead, for the next 10 to 20 years – until defense attorneys exhaust every means of keeping him alive – this man will be fed and housed on the public dime while mental health experts probe him for the answer that is so simple in the end.
He is a nut case. The worst possible kind.