But what struck me again in the coverage and the discussion, especially of the "evil" question--how could he? What kind of person would? How could he go to a party afterwards? Why don't they torture him to make him talk? is how compartamentalized people are about violence in this country. Not only do they forget Columbine, and the shooting of Gabby Giffords, and the Aurora shooting and bombing event but they seem to forget (or never to have known) about the half dozen recent "discoveries" of bomb caches here in the northeast and the recent spate of bombing/arson shootings of firefighters.
Here's a couple:
A sniper killed firefighter Ryan Hummert, 22, and wounded two police officers in 2008 as they responded to a pickup and house fire in Maplewood, a St. Louis suburb. Later that year, a carjacker shot and killed off-duty St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins, who saw a car wreck and stopped to help, not knowing that the armed carjacker had crashed the car.
Roswell, N.M., Fire Chief Louis Jones, 46, died in March 2002 after responding to a house fire. As Jones approached the house, a man began firing, hitting Jones in the head and killing a paramedic. The shooter, a man with a history of mental illness, had set the fire, killed a neighbor, shot the neighbor's 3-year-old son and taken a 5-year-old child hostage before killing himself, according to a report from the Roswell Fire Department.
This was only brought to our attention because of the Webster shooting in which four firefighters were shot, two were killed, by some totally normal white guy with a grudge. I actually was looking for a set of "crazy domestic abuser found with enormous cache of weapons and explosives when wife turns him in" stories which I read in local papers up North (New Hampshire or Maine) a year or so ago but they were so far out of google range I couldn't find them.
This country is awash in guns and explosives and they are in the hands of some of the most mentally disturbed and morally bankrupt people we can imagine and most of them are fellow citizens, "natural born" Americans, and white people. But every one of these lunatics gets read his rights if he is arrested. And none of them are tortured.