In my mind, those of us inclined to go online and begin talking about such things, automatically turn to figuring out who to blame, so we know where to focus our resources to make sure such things happen less. I have had countless discussions, spanning two decades, on and offline), on the subject of mass killings and guns and evildoers. I’ve always been interested (sometimes startled) at how people assign blame.
Yes indeed, there are some humans out there who commit horrible acts, who are not guilty of those acts, due to mental illness. I also try to understand the scriptural reality of spiritual possession, although I’m less likely to give an earthly justice pass for people who claim “The devil made me do it”.
Regarding this weekend’s mass-killing at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, for example. Already I’ve seen people blame the following:
- Republicans, for working people up with rhetoric springing from the “selling baby parts for money” controversy.
- Right wingers/gun nuts, for filling our country with guns and opposing gun laws.
- Brain meds/the pharmaceutical industry/capitalism for poisoning our minds with drugs for profit.
- The firearm industry/guns in general, because guns kill people.
- Planned Parenthood - for being who they are and ‘deserving’ to get all shot up.
Almost nowhere have I seen people blame Robert Lewis Dear, Jr. for what he allegedly did.
I think, without dismissing the realities of mental illness and spiritual forces, we should at least consider that he was a bad guy who did bad things, and that bringing swift justice to him may be the best thing we can do with our justice system.