19 June, 2015. 11:45
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
On Wednesday, in the south-eastern US city of Charleston, a 21-year-old white man sat with churchgoers inside the famous Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for about an hour before opening fire.
Eight people were killed inside the church, and another victim died at a trauma centre shortly after. Several other people were wounded.
Like most examples of weirdos deciding to kill innocent people for no reason, no one has been able to clarify that they “saw this coming”. Outside of banning guns on a federal level – the only way to stop massacres is to identify spree-killers while they are still social outcasts, before they become household names glamorised by sensationalist news networks.
“I don’t have any words for it,” the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof’s uncle said.
“Nobody in my family had seen anything like this coming.”
The constitutional right to own machine guns capable of killing up to 50 people in as many seconds has been a topic of debate for several decades in the USA, with many claiming that the amended law surrounding gun ownership might be slightly outdated.
However, a vast majority of the American population say that gun ownership is just fine, and that the government should be more focused on catching irresponsible gun owners while they are still considered responsible. But how?
The Advocate has enlisted the help of leading Sydney University psychologist, Ingrid Doulton and have put together a list of 7 easy ways to identify an irresponsible gun owner before he decides to open fire in a church, primary school or cafeteria.
An irresponsible gun-owner’s race has a lot to do with the type of crimes he may commit. For instance, statistics show that gang-related crime is most likely perpetrated by disadvantaged minority groups, whereas pointless spree-killing is most likely conducted by middle-class white males. This is the first step to identifying an irresponsible gun owner – Figure out if they are black, white, or hispanic – but most importantly, figure out if they are American.
2. Online Presence
Irresponsible gun-owners aren’t usually the most social people – however they do spend a lot of their “social life” interacting with like-minded sociopaths online. If you believe someone may be an irresponsible gun-owner, you can figure out a lot by delving into their social media presence. People with the nickname ‘Macca’ are less likely to be spree-killers when compared to someone nicknamed SatanSpawn666
3. Choice Of Firearms.
It is one thing to own a gun for hunting, it’s another thing to own a gun for protection. But to own a gun simply because you want to own a gun is a bit of a red flag.
Here are the scenarios:
Joe Citizen keeps a shotgun under his bed because if someone tries to hurt his family he wants to be able to kill them – An unhealthy attitude but at the same time, closely aligned with human instinct.
Joe Citizen keeps several types of high-powered rifles in a safe at his cabin in the woods because in his spare-time he enjoys firing a hollow-point bullets into the brains of reindeer’s – Again, another bizarre cultural custom… but not of immediate concern.
Joe Citizen owns the most powerful assault rifle available so that he can take polaroid photos of himself aiming it at the camera. Joe citizen lives in a guest-room at his mother’s house and spends 10 hours of each day online researching fascist political regimes – This man is at risk of becoming an irresponsible gun-owner.
Irresponsible gun-owners are well-known for their unique sense of fashion and style. Channeling a grunge-era shagginess with a hint of military conformity – they don’t shy away from a bit of flair either.
Trench coats, camouflage and controversial symbols are big with this sub-culture. The Facebook page of Dylann Roof (alleged Charleston gunman) shows photos of him wearing the fascist flags of apartheid South African and Rhodesia. See below
Bowl-cuts, mops and bright-orange dye are some of the more famous examples of “weirdo spree-killers” hair-styles, but never dismiss the original “off the rails” crew cut – shaved as close to the scalp as possible.
It’s obvious that people who listen to hip hop, pop music and country music are less likely to wear trench-coats and eyeliner. People wearing cowboy hats don’t really like shooting at strangers (unless they are on their property unannounced) and people wearing hooded jumpers are more inclined to shoot at rival gang-members that are known to them. This leaves the freaks that like to listen to songs about suburban suffering and the glamorisation of pointless violence – often referred to as the trench coat mafia
Music plays a big part in the decision to become a fucked-up mass-murderer – as much as Marilyn Manson would like to deny it. If naming yourself after both Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Manson is not bringing the glamorisation of mass-murder into the mainstream, we don’t know what is.
Excluding the chick that Bob Geldof sings about in “I don’t like Mondays” – every single civilian spree-killer is a male. Most are virgins as well.
7. Family History
Not much can be told from the family tree of spree-killers. Broken homes are as prevalent as loving, two-parent relationships. One thing that can be said about most, however, is that they were all raised to respect and appreciate their God-given right to bare arms.