Deep anger.
Hate.
How do you develop them?

How can you get yourself worked up into such a state that you will cut through a fence packing a rapid-fire assault rifle and start firing into a crowd attending a garlic festival, all the while knowing you probably aren’t coming out alive.

That is exactly what happened in Gilroy, California, this week and the shooter, 19-year-old Santino William Legan, didn’t come out alive.

Unfortunately he managed to kill three people and wound 15 others before police, who responded with fire within a minute, took him down.

It was the 246th mass shooting in the US this year, according to US tracking website Gun Violence Archive.

The lead guitarist of the group TinMan, who was performing on stage when the attack began, said he heard someone ask the shooter: “Why are you doing this?”
Jack Vanbreen told the Associated Press that he heard the assailant respond: “Because I’m really angry”.

What the hell is happening?

I don’t care how angry you get, there has to be something wrong upstairs for this kind of thing to happen.

The same can be said for those who actually spew out hate both orally and verbally before turning their weapons loose on unsuspecting crowds.

Having trouble understanding how these things seem to be occurring at an increasing rate, I put the following question to a few confederates this week:
“Have you ever hated anyone?
To a person the answer was no. None could say they had actually ever hated anyone.
Actually, they couldn’t recall ever really disliking someone. There were people they admitted they would prefer not to be around, but they couldn’t say that it went as far as actually disliking the person.

They fit my thoughts exactly.

During my time in the news business I crossed swords with a lot of people, but this was always on a professional basis and I never bore any of these people malice as a result. They, I always thought, were as entitled to their opinion as I was to mine.

In regard to personal relations, things worked out about the same for me. There would be disagreements at times but nothing that would ultimately lead to hate or even dislike.
Much of the hate today is pinned on white supremacist groups.

I guess I will never understand how one group of people can think they are so much better than all the other groups, races, that populate this planet.

The Nazis set about attempting to eliminate the Jews and the Gypsies and I sometimes wonder if anything was learned from this.

I have watched a few marriages disintegrate and have seen hate develop between the two persons involved, some of it resulting through the legal wrangling that followed but some of it occurring long before, when they were still sharing living accommodation although no longer a bed.

When it came my turn, I swore it wouldn’t end like that. It would be friends parting; enmity would be left to others.

I couldn’t see it ending any other way. You put in a lot of time with that person and raised a family. Surely all of that should be taken into account when parting.

I think we all have to take a hard look at what is happening in the world today and soften our thinking.

I know U.S. President Donald Trump has essentially preached hatred and divisiveness by his rhetoric and his actions and this has brought about hatred from many quarters in return.

But I would suggest that those doing so are making themselves no better than he is.

I think we all have to be more careful with our words and our actions; we must treat people as we would like to be treated.

I didn’t mean this to be a sermon but I find the hatred that is permeating the world really troubling.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Trump is not the problem. Society has gone so far to the left that what was once deemed harmful is now glorified. Constant bombardment on tv radio movies Facebook twitter Instagram news sports climate change world is ending etc etc etc etc. A steady diet of non stop in your face crap, And you wonder why?
    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    I’d say the answer to your question is staring you right in the face.

  2. What’s happening?

    This kid was so angry he didn’t want to live anymore. And, as you said Doug, there have been 245 other similar attempted suicides in the U.S. this year. That’s a TON of horrific attacks which means there’s A LOT MORE ANGER bubbling under the surface.

    What has caused this anger?

    Isolation.

    The children of the past fifteen years have experienced extreme isolation.

    EVERYONE needs to do whatever they can to SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE with children, and young adults aged 20 or younger.

    Nothing, and I mean nothing else will work.

    Besides, our children DESERVE that.

    Sincerely,
    MAB

  3. It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that Trump was indirectly responsible for this latest psycho attack. He spreads hatred far and wide every day while the sheep sit back and hold their tongues and let it continue. Mentally unstable people take very little to tip in the wrong direction which results in carnage and murdering sprees such as this.
    I pray that the American people will grow a pair, speak up and see that this self centered lying madman does not serve a second term, but is canned, arrested and sent to prison for a very long time for his long list of all types of crimes, that go back decades.

    • Maybe we Canadians can invite the American people over on our side of the border and see how GREAT our justice system works. Maybe we should fix ours first before we advise them what to do with Trump.

      • Another 29 people murdered and dozens more maimed in the U.S. thanks to Trump inspired hate. Just keep on thinking like that ken c.

        • I am not agreeing with Trump or supporting him all I am saying is who are we to tell anyone how to run their justice system. If we tried Trump here in Canada he would get probation and be home in a few hours and maybe have ten million bucks in his pocket to boot. I know for certain he would not do hard time. So before we talk about what they should do over there we should get our heads out of the sand and fix our system. As our wonder boy JT says we should lead by example not by lip service.

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