Once again a mentally ill shooter has wreaked havoc at a schoolyard, and once again the chorus of cries for stricter gun control has arisen. Thus it's worth reposting an excerpt from the following article, "No Gun Ever Killed Anyone," originally posted at TruthRevolt nearly four years ago after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured fourteen others with a knife, a gun, and his car near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The opinion piece was written by Mallory Millett, sister of radical feminist icon Kate Millett, whom I interviewed recently here at FrontPage Mag about her sister's legacy. Part of that interview focused on Kate's mental illness; Mallory's shocking experience with that prompted her to write this commentary about the disturbed Elliot Rodger, who killed himself after his murderous rampage.
Below is an excerpt from that article, which began with an eye-opening description of Mallory's interactions with her sister Kate before relating that experience to Elliot Rodger's situation:
When I hear the multiple reports of this catastrophe in Santa Barbara my heart swells with sorrow over the people whose lives have been irrevocably altered by the actions of this very sick young man and when I witness (and how I do identify with) the agony of his family who tried so very hard to obtain help for him; the vivid story of Elliot's mother going to the police passionately begging for help.
DO NOT start the usual vilifying of the NRA and the constant claptrap about guns. Half of the people Elliot Rodger killed last weekend were felled by the knife. What? You want to confiscate all knives? Or make people get permits to own a knife? Most of the people injured were hurt by his car. Shall we outlaw cars? Let's start thinking straight: Do you seriously want to blame the instrument for the actions of the user? We may as well blame the keyboard for the poison pen letter or the telephone for the obscene phone call or death threat! Make no mistake about it. It's not guns, not male chauvinism, not white male privilege or male rage. It was the deconstruction of the mental health system in our country achieved in the seventies and eighties by a mad little gang of meddlers led in their mischief by Kate Millett.
Stop saying the warning signs were missed. They were not missed. The Rodger family was begging, pleading for help from therapists, the police; just as did my own family, my mother, my sister, Sally, my cousins, nephews and I intervened our guts out to absolutely no avail. There is no system left in this country to deal with these traumas. This is a mental health issue and no more. We are surrounded by phony bleeding hearts who can coolly step over the sacred bodies of the wretchedly ill lying about our streets and sashay into a shop to eat a sandwich. Shame on all of you and may a huge share of the blame fall upon the shoulders of the perpetrators of this mercilessness: my sister, Kate Millett, and her fawning, ghoulish band of "liberating" acolytes. These people are the ones responsible for this chaos in our world.
Let the blame for these types of crimes lie precisely on the shoulders of persons who commit evil, not upon the instruments used to do these atrocities. One properly-armed citizen could have stopped Elliot Rodger in his tracks and saved several of those lost lives and limbs.
My purpose in writing this account is to beseech, to beg, to plead with the reader to put your thinking straight about these matters. Stop the hogwash about the instruments used, whether they be guns, baseball bats, knives, or blunt instruments. Think straight: behind each of these outrages is a sick, homicidal person hell-bent on destruction by any means possible. We need to be able to restrain such people. We need an effective commitment process in order to help the mentally sick and to serve those whom they will inevitably kill, harm or maim. God bless these nineteen families and may we all learn what we should have known all along: Something sane must be done with our mental health system!