Dan Majestic reports from Washington: So let me get this straight: a guy with a shotgun walks into a high security building at Naval Yard, a closely guarded military base in Washington, and whacks 12 people in the canteen. How does that work? Especially if you consider that he was discharged from the US Navy a couple of years before that, for gun violations and insubordination, but somehow managed to become an IT subcontractor at the base. Is that weird? Sure it is.
We are now told that Aaron Alexis had mental problems and was even diagnosed with paranoia, as if it explains how he actually managed to get into the base armed with a shotgun and kill a dozen people. I bet the security lot at the base are thanking their lucky stars that Alexis was not a Muslim terrorist and didn’t scream ‘Ali Akbar!’ while discharging his weapon. Otherwise they would have had a tough time explaining themselves.
It’s one thing, you know, to allow an armed man with a screw loose enter a high-security military establishment, at his fancy, and it’s altogether a different matter if you’ve had an al Qaeda operative, running amok at a military base, shooting people in the name of Allah. Has a different ring to it, you see. Smacks of losing the War on Terror that was started under George Bush Junior. Might send the wrong signal to the public. A nutter looks less threatening, especially as there are loads of them out there, so people are used to seeing them do their stuff. But a terrorist? That’s a completely different ballgame.
But the weirdest thing of all was how unsurprised most Americans were when they heard about this latest mass shooting. Yeah, sure, news bulletins screamed a lot about it, but the general public was unimpressed. Too much of this stuff has been going on in the past. It sort of becoming part and parcel of the American way of life. Soon we might have some folks out there yearning for a bit of gunfire breaking out in all sorts of places, with lots of victims thrown in, just to know that things are going as they should be. And some might even think that all these shooters really need to up their act a bit and move to ‘new pastures’. We’ve had mass shootings in schools, in cinemas, in government buildings, in shopping malls, they would reckon, but we’ve never had one in an amusement park or at a stadium or during filming at a movie studio or a live broadcast on the box. So let’s see if anyone out there uses his imagination and goes for something different.
Yeah, sure, all sorts of people, President Barack Obama included, will be saying all sorts of weepy things about the Naval Yard shootings, praising the dead men and women and asking all sorts of questions about security and lack of gun control. But in their hearts they know that America is growing accustomed to these occasions when they can bond together and relieve some of those moments that they see every day in movies or on the box or in computer games. And that’s not the same as the real thing, now is it? Doesn’t have the same edge. Lacks the gritty realism.
So the US Prez and his people can save their breath. No one is all that troubled anymore, having gotten used to violence in its screen version. S..t happens, as they say in films and TV series when people die.
Meanwhile everyone’s playing Grand Theft Auto 5, with another potential shooter getting ideas.