The Newtown Massacre and the Zombie Archetype

Mindless and Soulless in America

Sandy Hook (AP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zombies, at least in entertainment and gaming, are resurgent.  They are in their way both terrifying and popular.  Zombies are among the dead and have the vacant, expressionless look that typifies life without a soul.

Two days ago, Piers Morgan, the TV talk host, referred to Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter,  as “deranged.”  Lanza was the apparent lifelong sufferer of a mental defect that left him troubled and adrift.  His final actions were those of a person un-moored from his soul and  conscience.

Lanza seems to share traits with Jared Loughner,  James Homes, Seung-Hui Cho and other psychotic mass killers whose actions defy rational explanation and leave us wondering about our communal safety and sanity.

On Friday, President Obama said that events like Newtown are happening more often.  It certainly seems so.  If it isn’t a national epidemic, it is certainly an emergency.  Since 2001, 88 Americans have been killed in school shootings alone.  Schools and students have become favored targets.

As is the case with other national emergencies, we look to our elected leaders for guidance and decisive action.

The real zombies among us are not the killers mentioned above, but rather those who blindly adhere to a policy of unfettered gun acquisition and the elected leaders  who pander to them.

It is likely that a (momentarily) sane Jared Loughner or Adam Lanza had more soul and conscience than they do.  This is because  many members of congress, both in the House and the Senate,  are failing to act while in full control of their mental faculties.  They actually aid and abet these murderers.

What can be said of a society and a government that fails to protect youngsters against violent mass death?  What litany of  excuses and reasons makes Newtown allowable?

Like the zombies they resemble, the blood on congressional hands comes from their latest feast on the dead, in this case first-graders and those who gave their lives to protect them.

 

 

5 Comments

  • Blair H. Ghent says:

    So what is the answer. When we hind sight these, I’m sorry but I can’t come up with ugly enough word, incidents, it seems that there are breakdowns and undone steps forward that could have prevented the se killings. On the same day a youth was arrested with a locker full of explosives and a written plan for killing other students.It’s going to take more than one solution to fix this.
    Thoughts and pRAYERS

    • Eric Lamar says:

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      Thanks for your thoughts. We have to pay more attention to youth and others with obvious serious mental impairments, we need to ask ourselves if intense video imagery in gaming plays a contributing role, and finally, it should be harder to easily access the weaponry of mass death. Aren’t those video games simply a different form of pornography where sexual eroticism is subordinated to violence?
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  • Glenn says:

    The formula for these horrific acts seems to include some measure of mental illness + ready availbility of high powered/automatic weapons designed to be used in war + close family members or menatl health officials who fail to act + weapons retailers who could care less who they sell to and for what reason. A complicated formula that demands a thoughtful response.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      I agree. We have to pay more attention to youth and others with obvious serious mental impairments, we need to ask ourselves if intense video imagery in gaming plays a contributing role, and finally, it should be harder to easily access the weaponry of mass death. Aren’t those video games simply a different form of pornography where sexual eroticism is subordinated to violence?
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  • Bill Hand says:

    I don’t think you will find anyone who does not think this and other mass murders are a tragedy. That being said, there is also a mass killing tragedy that continues without much attention from politicians and the liberal media. You stated that since 2001 there have been 88 people killed in school shootings. I checked the stats and almost 131,000 people have been killed in drunk driving incidents between 2001 and 2008. I am sure that the number of school age people would be a significant percentage higher than 88. Do we need to address mass murders?…absolutely. But let’s not let our emotions overcome common sense. Our children are much more likely to die in a drunk driving incident than in a school shooting. I just hope that some day we can see the same emphasis placed on drunk driving as gun control. To me, this is more about the human animal than the implement of killing.

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Glenn
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I have been contemplating our response to a N. Korean movie maker producing a comedy based movie with a story line about the assassination of our President. I can’t believe that we would hack into their government IT systems. Of wait, we already do that. Never mind.
2014-12-19 14:37:11
Eric Lamar
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S- Nail on the head. Imagine if Iran made a film, comedy or otherwise, about the assassination of Obama. The S@#t would hit the fan. But, somehow, it's OK if we do it. E
2014-12-18 22:54:39
Victoria Huckenpahler
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What's most disturbing about this is that, however great or little their involvement, North Korea has won a cyber-war. This does not bode well for the future, not only for our relations with N. Korea, but with other terrorist states. I agree it was foolhardy to invite the inevitable by making this film.
2014-12-18 22:33:08
Mike
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Well done Mr Kim! I hope the movie is as funny as all the drama it cause. I guess we will just have to wait for it to make its way to the $5 table at Walmart to see it. That were is get to see most movies anyway.
2014-12-18 22:24:23
Smitty
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That's right, Eric. It was the studio who decided they would lose too much money if they distributed the film and nobody came to see it. Besides, you're right on point about a film that never should have been made. Do we ever ask ourselves how we'd feel if the tables were turned?
2014-12-18 21:31:09
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