Ventura County girl and others victim of man’s emotional meltdown

Students and community members share their thoughts

Students and community members share their thoughts

By Daniel Gelman

Reportedly Veronika Weiss, a 19 year old graduate of Westlake High School and student at U.C. Santa Barbara, was victimized this weekend by the irrational will of an emotionally disturbed young man. One of the many oddities of existence is the very real possibility that your life can end abruptly and violently due to another person’s diabolical plan. They could even be a total stranger. As far as we know, her and the other victims’ only crimes were being happy, alive, and situated in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As we hear reports of the latest massacre by yet another alienated and angry misfit, we also hear a victim’s parent and assorted pundits having conniptions about the role of guns in this story. I heard one expert say that people want to find a rational explanation for something that is irrational.

I don’t know how a twisted individual was able to obtain guns legally, including apparently from a shop in Oxnard. I’d like to think that someone somewhere has documented some aspect of his dissociative condition, and that it would raise a red flag and prevent his purchase. I don’t doubt however, that he could obtain guns illegally if need be. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

But he stabbed three people and hit four others with his car. When you want to kill or maim, you will do it, with or without a gun. Does anyone remember the recent “Knockout Game,” when urban youths pulverized random innocent victims with their fists?

Timothy McVeigh, who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, had something in common with this weekend’s killer. They both failed to find acceptance from females and to get a girlfriend.

“Only after the advent of puberty does the true brutality of human nature show its’ face. Life will become a bitter and unfair struggle for self-worth, all because girls will choose some boys over others. The boys who girls find attractive will live pleasure-filled lives while they dominate the boys who girls deem unworthy.” That’s how the murderer summed things up in his auto-biography, “My Twisted World.”

It makes you think about the value men place on female companionship. With nothing soft in their lives, these men coarsened, self-destructed, and took others with them. Of course there are other ways to obtain peace besides romantic love and sex. God, music, art, and charity come to mind. McVeigh served his country, but it wasn’t enough. Love and affection may have changed that, but we will never know.

The primal pleasures of the heart and the flesh often take precedence and this guy’s analysis is not far from the truth for many young men. I’m sure there are plenty of rejected and disaffected young women, too.

Isla Vista is internationally famous for debauchery. Binge-drinking, street-fighting, and orgies are the norm, not the exception. There have been murders there before and there will be more. Some miss out on the so-called “fun,” because they are not programmed for nihilism, and they are too shy to find real love.

Perhaps people were ruthlessly cruel to this guy. Reportedly he was bullied through high school and an outcast until his death.

Confidence is the great aphrodisiac and those without it often suffer loneliness and ridicule. Life does conspire to toughen you from the first time you step into a sandbox. Often the toughened gain confidence and win admiration and regard from others. The timid and the sensitive frequently lose.

But vigilante justice leads down a slippery slope and violent jealousy is morally bankrupt. It can, has, and will wreak havoc on the world. But sour grapes over life as a wallflower does not give one a free pass to embrace evil.

May Ms. Weiss and the others rest in peace, and may the killer meet with divine justice and punishment in the world to come.


Daniel Gelman has been a Reporter/Writer for several years, specializing in News, Business, Feature, and Op-Ed.

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Greg Muller

Yesterday afternoon we highlighted a contrast of media coverage.
Friday in California Eliot Rogers shot 3 people during a shooting rampage and the media ran the story non-stop for the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile in Myrtle Beach, SC, a similar rampage happened moments later. Similarly 3 people killed, several more wounded and yet almost nothing said outside of local media.
Myrtle beach shooting victims 2 – Why?
However, unlike California, the Myrtle Beach shootings did not stop on Saturday. Last night two more people were shot in a similar violent fashion bringing the total number of people killed or wounded to TEN in just 24 hours of a holiday weekend in Myrtle Beach.
FIVE SHOOTINGS – Ten people shot or killed in a generally peaceful resort town in 24 hours.
Yet the national media still silent.
Take a look at this story and you begin understand why: