Her parents are both artists. After their first child, Ben, was born, the family moved to Sackville. She aspired to be a writer, and spent much of her youth singing in choirs.
We have heard these words before. Unfortunately, such atrocities are not going to stop. For the ingredients that produce such slaughters are present and abundant in American society. And what can stop a man full of hate, who has ceased to care about his life and is willing to end it, from getting a weapon in a country of million guns and killing as many as he can in a public place before the police arrive?
Rick Scott, of the atrocity that took 17 lives and left a dozen more wounded. And evil is the right word. While this massacre may be a product of mental illness, it is surely a product of moral depravity. For this was premeditated and plotted, done in copycat style to the mass killings to which this country has become all too accustomed.
Nikolas Cruz thought this through. He brought his fully loaded AR with extra magazines and smoke grenades to the school that had expelled him. He set off a fire alarm, knowing it would bring students rushing into crowded halls where they would be easy to kill. He then escaped by mixing in with fleeing students.
The first ingredient then was an icy indifference toward human life and a willingness to slaughter former fellow students to deliver payback for whatever it was Cruz believed had been done to him at Douglas High. In his case, the conscience was dead, or was buried beneath hatred, rage or resentment at those succeeding where he had failed.
He had been rejected, cast aside, expelled. This would be his revenge, and it would be something for Douglas High and the nation to see — and never forget. Indeed, it seems a common denominator of the atrocities to which we have been witness in recent years is that the perpetrators are nobodies who wish to die as somebodies.
Have something to say about this column? If a sense of grievance against those perceived to have injured them is the goad that drives misfits like Cruz to mass murder, the magnet that draws them to it is infamy.
Infamy is their shortcut to immortality. And those who carry them out achieve a recognition few Americans ever know. Charles Whitman, shooting 47 people from that Texas tower inis the original model. Evil has its own hierarchy of rewards.
Perhaps the most famous man of the 20th century was Hitler, with Stalin and Mao among his leading rivals.
Others, Cruz among them, prefer to star in court, so the world can see who they are. And the commentators and TV cameras will again give them what they crave: They are the modern version of muskets over the fireplace.
Another factor helps to explain what happened Wednesday: We are a formerly Christian society in an advanced state of decomposition. Nikolas Cruz was a product of broken families. Both adoptive parents had died.
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