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ford_prefect42
May. 27th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
Well, in fairness, Loughner was a certified looney-tune, not really a member of any human political group. And he skipped mcveigh completely.
polaris93
May. 30th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
That's true. Though I have seen articles on Loughner's parents, who the author referred to as "leaning Left," for whatever that's worth. As for McVeigh, I'd forgotten all about him. What was his political outlook, anyway?
ford_prefect42
May. 30th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
Mixed. Antiwar, pro gun, his big issue was anti government over-reach, he blew up the Murah federal building as revenge for Waco/Ruby Ridge. I would say that, on balance, he was right wing. out of the hundreds of mass murderers, one of them had to be one of ours.
polaris93
May. 30th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
I certainly must agree that from the evidence, McVeigh was not left-wing, but on the right. And no population of any kind, human or otherwise, is perfectly homogenous. There have been a lot of mass murderers down the centuries, and they have probably had as many political and religious orientations as those of other groups of people. A really good study on the phenomenon would include mass murderers of the last 114 years, since the beginning of the 20th century. (In times before that, the outlook of the whole world was so different than it was afterwards that it would be hard to standardize anything about mass murderers of the time. The issues were just too different. It would be like comparing apples and Wednesday.) Their politics, religious outlooks, socioeconomic backgrounds, and other characteristics should be compared among them and to those of the general public, to see how different, if at all, they were from the latter, and what differences existed among them. To be perfectly frank, what seems to characterize many mass murderers of the last few decades is a bloated sense of entitlement, malignant narcissism, and a delight in wallowing in whatever "reasons" have supposedly driven them to do mass murder. I think this article opens some surprising doors on the most current types: http://polaris93.livejournal.com/3627378.html That sort of outlook isn't political, nor is it religious. It's just spoiled-little-boys-with-access-to-guns on the rampage.
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