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Scoot: Santa Barbara shooting and the "Blame Game"

Last Friday night, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed 6 innocent young people and himself near the University of California at Santa Barbara.  It doesn’t make sense – a good-looking, 22-year-old with a BMW who was living in Nirvana-like Santa Barbara, California went on a killing spree last Friday night because he was angry no girls would pay attention to him and he was still a virgin.
No mass killing makes sense – but last Friday night seems particularly senseless and was apparently preventable.  Rodger’s parents were aware of his mental state and a family attorney said that Elliot was being treated by “multiple professionals” and was a “victim of bullying.”
Elliot’s mother received a call from one of the therapists treating her son about an email that contained his rant that he was about to embark on a killing rampage.  His mother went to YouTube and discovered a video her son made about killing people.  She alerted authorities and with her ex-husband, immediately left Los Angeles and headed to Santa Barbara. 
While driving to Santa Barbara, they heard on the radio that shots had been fired and someone was, indeed, on a killing spree.  Imagine the horror his parents felt when they realized they were too late to stop their son from fulfilling his threats to kill others.
Instinctively, we demand answers following tragedies in hopes of preventing future tragedies, but too often, the quest for quick answers turns into a blame game.
In her article in The Daily Beast, Sally Kohn blames misogyny in America and believes Elliot Rodger should be labeled a “terrorist.”  Kohn argues that the hateful act of men targeting women over being ignored by them is an act of terrorism and failure to designate Rodger’s actions terrorism “suggests a politicized use of the term, one interested in defending Judeo-Christian Americans and values, but not women.”
Other TV pundits have blamed the reasons for the killing spree on our society that objectifies women and presents them as possessions for men.  One pundit on CNN blamed the killings on America’s “rape culture.”
Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday blamed Elliot Rodger’s discontent with women on movies by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow.  She writes, “How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like ‘Neighbors’ and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should have full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’?”  Hornaday suggests that when the “shlubby arrested adolescent” always gets the girl, it becomes confusing in real life when “those happy endings constantly elude them.”
The father of one of the victims blames government “idiots” for his son’s tragic death.  Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michael-Martinez was gunned down, said in a passion-laced address to the media, that it was Congress’ failure to do something following the mass murder of 26 children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that led to Friday night’s shootings and his son’s death.

Dr. Keith Ablow, FOXNews.com contributor, wrote that guns were not to blame and the focus should be on our failing mental health care system in America.  According to Dr. Ablow, “Fixing our broken, sorry excuse for a mental health care system in America isn’t rocket science.  It could be done in a few years, without huge expense.”  The doctor blames a system that sends police to conduct a “wellness check” rather than trained mental health professionals. 
While there is no guarantee that mental health professionals would have determined that Elliot Rodger was not mentally stable during a “wellness check” several weeks before the shootings, it should not be left to the discretion of law enforcement officers to determine the mental state of an individual that has proclaimed his desire to kill.
So often following a mass killing by an individual we hear that there were no warning signs.  In the case of Elliot Rodger – there seemed to be many warning signs - which should cause all of us to question if our system – parents, police, and mental health professionals – can detect violence before it happens.
It is ridiculous to blame comedic movies where the frumpy, frat-boy type gets the hot girl for Elliot Rodger acting out his deranged act of revenge against women.  It is also wrong to use what some describe as a culture based on male privilege as an excuse for manifesting hate inspired by rejection.
No one can blame a grieving father for reaching out for anything that might explain his young son’s tragic death for failing to focus on the real problem, but I do not understand how the “idiots” in Congress are to blame (though they are idiots).
The line between sane and insane is not as definite as we would like it to be. Elliot Rodger documented that he was afraid police would discover his plan before he could carry it out.  He obviously knew what his state of mind was and perhaps thought it was obvious to everyone else.
I have often argued on “The Scoot Show” that from an early age, young males must be conditioned to respect girls - so that when they begin dating there is no question about “no” meaning “no” and that males are never to submit to an instinct to use their strength to overpower a female in any way.
I have also argued that young people need to understand how to deal with rejection – whether it’s rejection from a job or a person.  Rejection is part of life and when I read about the privileged life of Elliot Rodger – I can’t help but wonder if he was ever taught how to lose or how to not always expect to get his way in life.
We – and that means all of us – should try to be vigilant when it comes to the “warning signs” that always seem so obvious after a tragedy.  We all come in contact with family, friends and co-workers every day and without becoming overly sensitive, we should take seriously behavior that could be a “warning sign” that someone needs help.
With the many public displays of his willingness to act on his mental frustrations with women, Elliot Rodger may have been hoping someone noticed so he could be stopped – realizing that he couldn’t stop himself.

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Locations : CaliforniaConnecticutLos AngelesNewtownSanta Barbara
People : Ann HornadayChristian AmericansChristopher Michael-MartinezElliot RodgerJudd ApatowKeith AblowRichard MartinezSally KohnSeth Rogen

05/27/2014 8:01PM
Scoot Blog: Santa Barbara Killing Spree and The Blame Game
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05/27/2014 8:32PM
Scoot, with all due respect, any time the government attempts to deal with "mental health" thru legislation, the funding and record sharing required is attacked by the NRA and civil libertarians under the guise of privacy. They claim someone could be wrongly labeled for their beliefs, even if those beliefs are in fact radical, and be forbidden from purchasing a gun (for example, a member of a hate group like the KKK.) It is very easy to say "mental health" should be addressed but behind the scenes, the rabid gun rights activists are against doing or funding what is required - their view seems to be, let people have guns whatever the cost to society and if something happens like Santa Barbara, Sandy Hook, etc, well "that's the price you pay for a free society." They don't WANT to deal with it. Everyone is passing the buck about gun safety and preventing the wrong people. So much for responsibility.
05/27/2014 8:36PM
Also while sometimes I agree with you that "zero tolerance" goes amuck, I think there should be zero tolerance for threats. Anyone who threatens gun violence, murder, etc. should be cooling their heels in detainment and searched for weapons or plans to commit violence. This kid made it clear what he was going to do, and if that isn't just cause for a search I don't know what is. Even Facebook and other social media tolerates clear violent threats towards government officials and when questioned, the perps just hide behind "free speech." Threats are the appropriate area to have zero tolerance policies.
05/27/2014 9:14PM
Failure of Mental health
Governor Bobby Jindal is a prime example of withholding any and all mental, l health treatment. this in turn results in more crime and more inmates with mental illness
05/27/2014 9:32PM
To bad scoot could have gone out with this guy and cured his vir......
05/27/2014 10:41PM
the cycle
Liberals say no guns for mentally ill, which frightens the mentally ill and creates unnecessary friction between natural allies; NRA says no gun checks, which widens the left-right chasm; The mentally I'll are made into scapegoats; Mass murder ensues
05/27/2014 10:55PM
In Reply to "Crush"
You are an example of someone who is not mentally stable enough to own a gun. Seek help.
05/28/2014 4:19AM
The problem with most these gun laws that they "TRY" to pass won't solve the problem as most guns used in these cases are owned by person that is could purchase them legally. So what would be point of banning gun sales to someone that is mentally unstable when they rarely every are the owner of said gun used to start with? Sandy hook shooting, all guns he used were owned by his mom, would a law stopping gun sales to people like him stopped it? No, The real blame for this goes on the professionals that knew he admitted he was planning to do something yet really did Nothing about it cept an email that was to little to late, they should kept him at their office and notified the police to have him taken in for his own protection.
05/28/2014 4:43AM
“Comment” ... sad you were not shot Friday night.
... one less idiot.
05/28/2014 4:45AM
In Reply to " In Reply to "Crush"
try to get some rest. Staying up all night watching reruns of Obama speeches is not good. An eréction lasting longer than four hours is not healthy.
05/28/2014 4:47AM
Liberals live in fear and make themselves victims.
The notion of personal responsibility never occurs to them.
05/28/2014 4:49AM
Reply to "Followup" ..
Yes, perhaps Obama should quit threatening those he disagrees with. He qualifies as domestic terrorist.
05/28/2014 4:51AM
Replay to "Failure of Mental health"
Perhaps you should commit yourself to a mental institution for voting for Obama twice. You are so stupid you represent a real and present danger to others.
05/28/2014 5:01AM
Black youth slaughter each other nightly is major cities ..
Liberals do not soil themselves over it. The current hysteria will pass and the lunatic leftists will be back to worrying about replacing their profile photos on their Facebook® pages.
05/28/2014 5:15AM
America has become a very dangerous place.
A country that elected Obama twice is littered with insane people.
05/28/2014 5:31AM
Looks like the lonely rectum boy (aka Comment)
has declared war on the NRA and mental health officials. He will likely commit mass murder soon.
05/28/2014 5:35AM
If the mentally ill were not allowed to vote ...
a large portion of Obama’s base would be eliminated.
05/28/2014 5:45AM
Liberalism is a mental illness.
05/28/2014 5:55AM
Obama encourages violence.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia. Liberals like to blame others. Perhaps they need to start with their Messiah.
05/28/2014 12:31PM
Obama: I'm NOT WEAK" .... LOL
Obama your words mean NOTHING. You are an àss clown.
05/28/2014 5:40PM
Average wait time at VA is 115 days...
and the Rectum Boy and Scooter want this for all Americans ... pretty pathetic.
05/28/2014 5:44PM
Did you hear the one about ...
Did you hear about..... > Bob: "Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?, > Jim: "You mean the Mexican gun running?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "You mean SEAL Team 6?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > im: "You mean voter fraud?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "You mean the of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?" > Bob: "No the other one:. > Jim: "The IRS targeting conservatives?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The DOJ spying on the press?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The president's ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The president's threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The president's repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The president's unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate's advise-and-consent role?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?" > Bob: "No, the other one." > Jim: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don't pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?" > Bob: "THAT'S THE ONE!"
05/28/2014 6:22PM
Did You Hear The One About
The guy who can't articulate the IRS code regarding 501C4 and the meaning of "social welfare" and "charity" versus "political activity" but keeps posting about it? Man's a real idiot. I'd like you to actually CALL Scoot one night and we'll see if you sound and behave like I imagine you do. This isn't left or right, it's right and wrong, and you, sir, are WRONG on the facts.
05/28/2014 6:48PM
You Called It Scoot!
The conservative advantage on social and economic issues is shrinking, a new poll says. According to a Gallup poll on Wednesday, more Americans still identify as conservative than as liberal in those two areas, but the gaps between conservatives and liberals are the smallest they have been since the polling firm began tracking the question 14 years ago. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed say they are conservative on social issues, compared with 30 percent who say they are liberal, but the 4-percentage-point gap is continuing to shrink, decreasing by 1 point since 2013 and 6 points since 2012. The conservative edge on economic issues has declined from 31 points in 2010 to 21 points in the most recent survey. Gallup added, “With the conservative advantage on social issues down to four points, it is possible in the next few years there will be more Americans describing themselves as socially liberal than as socially conservative. This movement is consistent with trends Gallup has seen on specific issues, perhaps most notably Americans’ views toward gay rights and legalizing marijuana.”
05/28/2014 7:20PM
Replay to "You Called It Scoot! "
Poor Boy ... you have been at the bath house rimming your buddies all day and you have a bad taste in your mouth. Hang in there. It gets worse for you. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast/
05/28/2014 7:22PM
Well, Bill gets one right.
"How many watched the Obama speech on Tuesday night? If you didn't see it, I'll give you the short version. We're completely broke, and deeply in debt, but we're going to do a bank rescue, universal healthcare, give everybody a college education, have a bigger war in Afghanistan, cut the deficit in half, and cure cancer. We were this close to universal blow jobs." --Bill Maher
05/28/2014 7:26PM
Glenn Beck Makes Fun of Rape & Gun Assault
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/28/glenn-beck-airs-rape-comedy-skit-to-mock-sexual-assaults-in-response-to-calif-shootings/ - no wonder fewer people listen to the ravings of the far right.
05/28/2014 7:27PM
It's Cute
That the troll idiot thinks Democrats are hugely worried. Lose the Senate in 14, get it back in 16. Presidential years favor Democrats. Sure they'd like to win the Senate but if they don't, Obama will veto whatever far right nonsense theocrats like Ted Cruz send him.
05/28/2014 7:29PM
Directive outlines Obama’s policy to use the military against citizens.
Defense analysts say there has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies, notably the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. The buildup has raised questions about whether the Obama administration is undermining civil liberties under the guise of counterterrorism and counternarcotics efforts. Other agencies with SWAT teams reportedly include the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. The militarization of federal agencies, under little-known statues that permit deputization of security officials, comes as the White House has launched verbal attacks on private citizens’ ownership of firearms despite the fact that most gun owners are law-abiding citizens. A White House National Security Council spokeswoman declined to comment. President Obama stated at the National Defense University a year ago: “I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any U.S. citizen — with a drone or with a shotgun — without due process, nor should any president deploy armed drones over U.S. soil.” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/28/inside-the-ring-directive-outlines-obamas-policy-t/#ixzz333mcfI27 Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
05/28/2014 7:42PM
"It's Cute" ... the Troll that sucks up to Scooter ...
Sorry dude. Scoot is not gay so you will have to suck someone else.
05/28/2014 7:45PM
Obama celebrating Memorial Day
by playing a round of golf and Arlington National Cemetery.
05/28/2014 7:48PM
Michelle Obama reflecting on her marriage to Barrack Obama ….
“Who needs bit tits, when you have an àss like this >>> Barrack.”
05/28/2014 7:52PM
What's the most confusing day in Harlem?
Fathers Day!
05/28/2014 8:04PM
Why has Obama not focused on creating jobs?
He is knows he will lose the support of his base.
05/28/2014 8:12PM
The NBA will love ths one.
Why is making toast like an interracial couple having a baby? It's annoying when it comes out white. -- Spike Lee
05/28/2014 8:15PM
Washington Times
You mean the far right biased paper owned by the Reverend Sung Yung Moon of the kooky Unification Church? What a reliable source.
05/28/2014 8:51PM
Why do Democrats want to fast track amnesty for Mexicans?
Black women were 3.7 times more likely to have an abortion. Democrats need new voters.
05/28/2014 8:52PM
Reply to Washington Times ...
and YOU believe Obama .... LOL ...
05/28/2014 8:53PM
Looks like the rectum boy still has not rinsed with mouth wash.
05/28/2014 9:00PM
What does research show is the most difficult question for young black males to answer?
“What is your daddy’s last name.”
05/28/2014 9:26PM
2211 potential Democrat voters were killed today.
Democrats on average have 2211 abortion daily in the US out of the 3,300 total average. Democrats hope to replace the voters by granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
05/28/2014 10:58PM
Citation for that? I looked and I couldn't find any data on party affiliation of people who get abortions, much less recent data. Proof?
05/29/2014 2:35AM
Seen preparing for a boxing match with spike lee. Her trailer is sterling
05/31/2014 1:15AM
A real tragedy
It's a real tragedy when a child doesn't know his father's last name. It's not a good example when Hollywood movie stars have several children and refuse to marry. Children need good examples from their parents. Not selfish lifestyles that promote promiscuity and family dysfunction.
05/31/2014 9:43PM
Media Matters, the left-wing propaganda group, is where the liberal here get his info. They helped f
Excerpted from Aaron Klein The progressive activist organization Media Matters for America funded the group that reportedly crafted President Obama’s false claim that Americans can maintain their “choice” of doctors and insurance plans. The little-known Herndon Alliance has been behind the marketing of Obamacare since the inception of the legislation. The Herndon Alliance is “the most influential group in the health arena that the public has never heard of,” reported Politico in 2009. Politico said that when Obama repeatedly announced Americans can maintain their “choice” of doctors and insurance plans, he was “using a Herndon strategy for wringing fear out of a system overhaul.” In June 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported administration officials had been attending meetings with the Herndon Alliance and other organizations that support healthcare reform. In 2010, Media Matters Action, the organization’s lobbying arm, gave $125,000 to the Herndon Alliance. The grant was reportedly earmarked for “rapid response media capability for countering misinformation and obstructive rhetoric.”
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