Spent last night and today in D.C. and will be back there tomorrow. I know we all do, but maybe because I’ve lived there and work daily with so many people who live in its suburbs, I am really sharing their outrage at the deranged actions of the sick person who is killing innocent people who are in the midst of doing the most mundane things in life: filling their gas tanks, going to school, mowing the lawn, shopping for crafts.
While I’ve been following the story closely, seeing the local TV coverage last night in the moments following a shooting added to my rage.
I can’t believe the parade of “experts” who are appearing on TV with their pointless punditry. They are worse even than political pundits, or even those two-handed economists who appear on CNBC.
Here’s mine, which I’m sure is not original, but it makes sense to me.
I think the shooter is between 18 and 21. He is thinking that he’s merely extending a videogame experience into real life and that his actions are bringing him great fame. He will allow himself to be caught soon so that he can appear on the covers of national magazines. He wants to be famous. He does not drive a white van. I saw dozens of white vans in D.C. today. In fact, I saw dozens of white vans on the way from the airport home in Nashville. White vans are everywhere.
One last theory. While several people have mentioned the movie Malice having a link to the shootings, I believe the movie The Jerk will be attached to this story in some way. I know that’s a bizarre statement, but “he hates these cans” flashed through my mind when I heard about the first shooting. Again, I know that sounds bizarre, but those who are familiar with the movie will understand why that scene is so disturbingly suggestive of the random senselessness of the D.C. murders. Except in real life, there is nothing comic about it.
Later: Someone sent me this link to a Quicktime clip of the “he hates these cans” scene, however, it’s a very, very large (11 mb) file.