“Most of the initial reporting was wrong,” wrote Dave Cullen, a journalist who spent 10 years researching and writing a book about Columbine. “We were so anxious to answer that burning question for you that we jumped to conclusions on tiny fragments of evidence in the first days, even hours.” – David Cullen
On April 20, 1999 two teenage boys armed themselves, went to their high school, Columbine High School in Colorado and shot 12 fellow students and 1 teacher.
- Eric Harris was a budding psycopath with developed manipulative skills enabling him to present himself in a sympathetic light, described by some as a “well spoken” kid.
- Dylan Klebold has been described as much closer to what we have been lead to believe is a “typical” shooter profile; a tempremental, depressed, self-blaming kid seeking revenge on the perceived oppressor.
- The shootings were planned for a year in advance and their goal was to gain national fame by way of a spectacular, tragic event.
- Their role model: Timothy McVeigh.
There is a telling quote by one Columbine survivor, Craig Scott 35 at the time, describing the emotional and thought process of trauma and revenge. Scott’s thoughts on what happened to him are reflective of what motivated Harris and Klebold…
“I had a lot of anger, even rage toward the shooters at my school,” Scott told Business Insider. “I used to fantasize if I had just five minutes alone how I’d get revenge on them.”
The anger came at a cost, Scott said. It was consuming him. On a trip to Africa a year later, he spoke to a man who lost 17 members of his family during the Rwandan genocide. “He told me that forgiveness is like setting a prisoner free and finding out that prisoner is you,” Scott said.
Another Columbine High School student typifies the attitude of survivors,
“I try not to get too political but I’m very passionate about gun control,” (Ann Marie) Hochhalter said. “I have lost all faith in our government and senators and Congress people about making any lasting change because it has not happened and I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.”
Is there a causal correlation or are these people being shaped by the narrative that says guns are the problem and people have little to do with it? Would a reasonable person jump to the conclusion all guns are dangerous and should be banned based on the allegation people cannot control their actions once they possess a gun?
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman high school shootings, the scale definately tipped toward abolishing the Second Ammendment some 25 years after the Columbine high school shooting. The pressure on the Stoneman high students to take a public, organized stand on behalf of the whole country was palpable and they listened to the drivers of the movement; adults with an agenda. None of these survivors were born in 1995 when Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah building. Nor were they born at the time of the Columbine high shooting. Many of them would have been in nursery school or in kindergarden at the time of the Virgina Tech shooting in 2007.
Is there something else going on here?
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In many small towns and rural areas of the country, the wry observation goes something like this; “What is wrong with those city and suburban kids? Dad mounted a gun rack in the truck before I was born!” These kids grew up hunting with their Dads, Uncles and Granddads; both the boys and the girls in many cases. They were taught how to handle guns and what safety means. Jn14’s own father kept the hunting gun in the basement. Jn14 was taught throughout life, “If it is not yours, do not touch it.” and that applied to everything, including the hunting gun.
If you have read this far, you probably have enough interest in this subject for another 20 minutes or so. Jake Morphonios of Blackstone Ingelligence did a retrospective yesterday. Jake has some interesting things to say at the end with which jn14 totally agrees and urges our readers, other publishers and casual observers to heed. With that, we give you Jake’s thoughts on the Columbine high school shootings in 1999…
- Columbine Guide – David Cullen (this site took a little while to load, if you are on a mobile device, try the desktop version of this site.)
- 19 years later, Columbine High School massacre survivors say they still struggle and have debilitating anxiety – Business Insider
- Americans look to Columbine to better understand school shootings — but myths around the shooters have persisted for years – Business Insider
- THE MENTAL ILLNESS OF TIMOTHY MCVEIGH – Victor Bloom MD, Wayne State University Professor