Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lunatic at the supermarket

As I'm sure you have heard by now, Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others were shot at a Safeway supermarket. This actually happened about 10 minutes from where I live, and is in fact just north of a drug store I have worked at.

I looked at the shooter's youtube accounts, along with some other things he has written that were dug up by the media. I've come to the conclusion that he is a complete lunatic. I know what you're thinking, that you have to be crazy to do such a thing, but I've heard many mass murderers and perpetrators of horrendous crimes offer up about as rational of an explanation for their actions as could be done. Not the case for Mr. Loughner who is makes no sense of any kind.

First of all, he talks about "conscience dreaming" as a hobby of his. There really is no such thing as "conscience dreaming". "Conscious dreaming" maybe, "Lucid dreaming" certainly, but as far as I know Loughner is the only one to use this term with the exception of people using "conscience" in place of "conscious" by mistake and are unfamiliar with the proper term. Ironic that "conscience" refers to the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, something that apparently did not have a say in Loughner's waking life!

The other thing he talks about is grammar. He insists that grammar is extremely important, yet he has very poor grammar himself. He even talks about inventing his own grammar, one that differs from the grammar "invented" by the government. Maybe he thinks the government is trying to control our minds with some kind of special grammar they made up. Perhaps I could as a stretch consider that he's talking about "legalese". This really isn't a different "grammar" though, and inventing a new grammar wouldn't help the problem of the average person not completely understanding the law as it is written.

He also speaks of inventing a new currency. I suppose he doesn't trust any of the currencies that are currently used. However, it's not a currency unless it is exchanged between more than one entity, and he never elaborates on what he means exactly. Maybe he was mad because Safeway wouldn't accept rocks in exchange for groceries.

Oh well, trying to make sense of the opinions of a mad man is never an easy task, if their opinions made sense they wouldn't be crazy right? I am pretty sure he will be found competent to stand trial, but he's crazy enough to raise some doubt about it.

My heart goes out to all those that were hurt by this loony.

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