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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Profile of a Campus Murderer, a ticking time bomb

2 Corinthians 2:4 For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Much had been said about the terrible mass murder in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, USA and it's counterpart   in Chenpeng village somewhere in central China so I wont go into detail anymore. What I will try to illuminate this time are the side issues that authorities associate about the shocking News, like gun ban and drugs.
    While those in Chinese elementary school is fortunate that none have died but the shattering incident in Sandy Hook made me quiver at the mere thought so I dare not go again into detail of how painful it is and I prefer not to go thru the process of re-posting the images again...
    28 died including the gunman and his mother in Connecticut. What I can not fathom at this moment is why school children?
     As I've said, the world is turning very dangerous as days goes by...
   The issue had turn out to be on "gun ban" which I believe wont solve anything or deter such crime of the same magnitude. Disarming the people, as the case in China where a mad man uses only kitchen knife clearly shows isn't simply banning fire arms but the mental state of the people. 
    We don't need national debate again here. These are evil acts and the only thing that can extinguished evil is good.
   Are we going to miss the point again? Gun or without gun; evil will still find ways to destroy our lives and livelihood. Even on places we thought we are secure. 
   Let us try to unravel the warning signs by re-examining some of the 

   High Profile Campus Murder
   Know the warning signs. Sudden and dramatic changes in behavior can be an early warning sign that something is wrong.

   1. University of Iowa graduate student Gang Lu's anger over his doctoral dissertation not winning an academic award appears to be the motivation for his targeted killings. On Nov. 1, 1991, Lu shot three professors, a rival student (who won a dissertation award), a student employee, the vice president of student affairs and then himself. Only the student employee survived but is a quadriplegic from the injuries sustained.
   2. At approximately 10:25 a.m., on Oct. 2, 2006, Charles Carl Roberts entered an Amish schoolhouse with several weapons and ordered all the males and a few females with babies out of the building. He then boarded up and barricaded the doors. Roberts forced the remaining girls to line up and shot them at close range; in the final count he injured five and killed five and himself. 
   3. The so-called Stockton Massacre occurred on Jan. 17, 1989, beginning around 11:40 a.m. Patrick E. Purdy walked on to school grounds and began shooting while about 400-500 kids were playing at recess. Despite having a criminal record, he had been able to legally purchase the semi-automatic rifle and two pistols used in the attack. Purdy killed five students, injured 29 others and one teacher, and took his own life.
   Racism is the believed motivation, as most of the students were children of Southeast Asian refugees.
   4. This massacre was one of the first to take place on the grounds of a university. On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin and a discharged Marine, entered the Main Building's tower shortly after 11:30 a.m., armed with seven guns and various other weapons and supplies. Whitman killed a receptionist and two others in the tower before barricading himself on the tower observation deck. He shot from the vantage point for around 96 minutes, apparently randomly picking victims. Whitman was eventually killed by police, who managed to get to the deck. Around 30 people were injured and 18 were killed. The latter included Whitman, his wife and mother — whom he had killed the night before to spare from having to deal with his actions — and most recently, in 2001, a victim who died from injury complications. 

   The Attention Seeker
   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.--Matthew 6:33
  The need for attention is a basic human need but Lack of affection and understanding are the common driving force in campus attacks. It targeted the innocent, the week, the helpless people...all they care about is attention without ambition. To them, the final goal is the attention itself. Once the needed false attention is achieve it turns into pride. 
   Parent should teach their children the value of reciprocity. You need to give in order to receive. We must plant the seed of love first before we ask for it. 
   If you want to stop attention seeking behavior then you first have to give them what they want (attention) for other more positive things.
1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
   Focus on The Giver and Not on The Gift
    It is simply not having a form of religion or a belief in a god. Most of these killers are believers too in God. But they just believe and that's all...
   Men need a constant fellowship and everyday meditation in the word of God. The whole purpose of Christian meditation is to know God. As simple as it sounds its true. God calls us to an intimate relationship where we can know him and his will.
   A little caution though on meditation. Christian meditation is not like what pagan Mantras where they recite some memorized words over and over again. This was forbidden by Jesus Christ himself...
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. -- Matthew 6:7
   It is not about emptying the minds and go into a state of trance. On the contrary, we need to be totally aware but not distracted by noises or negative thoughts. Knowing God does not follow any program or a method, it is spirit led but not exorcism. Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind. 
   Do not let your mind aimlessly wander around the tasks, noise, and worries of everyday life. 

   Anyway, Can we avoid these campus killings?  Gun banned? or re-introduce Bible Study on campuses? One thing that I am sure of is that God fearing people will not even think about gruesome crime.  


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