Friday, May 30, 2014
Missing So Many Signs
But just as far as procedural matters go, it strikes me as inadequate that officers who performed a wellness check on Rodgers were aware of his videos, but didn't think to view them before seeing Rodgers himself. The videos are chilling in their hostility towards women (and pretty much anyone who gets on with them...) and pretty explicit as to his eventual criminal intent--because he made those videos feeling at liberty to say what was on his mind. In the presence of authority, is it really to be expected that he'd behave in a genuine fashion--as in, tipping off that he's very much thinking of being a danger to himself and others? Also, in a slight rebuke to those who think being on a list means gungrabbers will be out to get you--the fact that California has a database of gun purchasers apparently isn't useful for sorting out who might be a danger in using them, if such a list is not checked at all.
This sort of thing bothers me. I think rationally, whenever anything particularly horrible happens, we want to try and see how it can be prevented from happening again. When I read something in the aftermath of these murders, like this distinctly sickening account of what sorts of things are openly contemplated at one of the little digital Boys' Only clubhouses, I can definitely see where there is a real problem in trying to separate the mere fantasists, from the thoroughgoing fanatics.
I think it also bears saying that Rodgers' own accounting of himself and the comments of others who knew him point to episodes of rage that were dramatically and inappropriately acted upon. It really seems like this human timebomb had been ticking for awhile, and people were in a way, trying not to hear.