Dear Guy Who Wants to Kill Lots of People …

Dear Guy Who Wants to Kill Lots of People:

I know you’re probably not reading this. Maybe I’m wrong.

Right now you’re watching CNN, or Fox, or MSNBC, or CNBC, or the Today Show, or Good Morning America, and you’re thinking, “Yes! This is the way to go!” And, really, why wouldn’t you? You’re probably a guy in his teens or 20s; probably someone who feels like an outcast, or feels overly angry, or feels like the world pays you no mind. You see the attention being afforded Adam Lanza and think, “He’s showing them! He’s fucking showing them!” That’s an appealing thing to you. Shoot a ton of people, shoot yourself, go out in a blaze of glory.

There’s just one problem: Adam Lanza is dead.

By dead, I don’t mean floating on a cloud. By dead, I don’t mean burning in hell. Nope, he’s dead. Doesn’t exist. Never will again exist. He is fucking nothingness. He’s as alive as your table. Go ahead—knock on your table. That’s Adam Lanza. Fucking dead and lacking any and all awareness.

That’s the thing here; the myth of it all. The stupid news stations talk about Adam Lanza over and over and over again, giving you the idea that he’s won; that he showed them; that violence is the ultimate ingredient in fame and notoriety and making yourself appear. Well, he’s showing them nothing—he’s dead. He’s not enjoying this; not lathering in the joy of proving a point or mattering. He. Is. Dead. Gone. Forever. Nothingness.

We make lots of mistakes in this country. We allow everyone who so desires to own a gun. We plop our small kids down in front of games that glorify killing. We make plastic toys out of devices used to murder. In this case, however, our biggest mistake—hands down—is somehow giving off the idea that shooting lots of people in a public forum is a recipe to fame. We utter the names over and over and over and over again (Dylan Klebold, Dylan Klebold, Dylan Klebold …) without reminding people that Dylan Klebold isn’t here to read his Wikipedia page; isn’t here to watch the documentaries about Columbine. Again, he’s dead. Motherfucking dead.

Wanna make a name for yourself? Want fame? Develop the next generation of iPods. Cure cancer. Piece together the world’s biggest baseball card collection. Do something big and bold and powerful; something that doesn’t result in the deaths of innocents and, ultimately, the death of yourself.

Because right now the 9.11 hijackers aren’t having sex with 10,000 virgins in a sea of honey. Right now Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold aren’t snickering over an old Columbine High yearbook. Right now Adam Lazna isn’t reveling in the trauma he caused.

Nope. They’re all dead.





Think about that, kid. Think about that …


Jeff Pearlman

PS: I’m about to order an ice cream cone. You can’t have one. Because you’re dead. You’re not even reading this.

11 thoughts on “Dear Guy Who Wants to Kill Lots of People …”

  1. They were dead before they died. Me I try to feed children in America, and spread literacy. It is hard to get people to help. They do not want to talk about it. Mention pets and they will give till they drop.(I love pets)

    They do not want to talk about what you are talking about. TV glorifies these folks. Children are shown 20,000 acts of violence by the time they are 16 on TV. We have video games that you can actually score more points by hitting the friendly fire button in a War game. Killing your own.
    You are right Jeff. It is like the return of the zombies. Returning from the dead to die again.

    Me I try to feed starving children in America. I hope to give them a chance and they do not hope they will die.

  2. We said Jeff. The problem is that someone who does a heinous act like this does not have the same mindset as 99.99% of us. Someone who would not even think of doing this heinous act gets it. Someone who would do it does not get it. As to why, that is for a professional to answer.

  3. And parents can help those kids that are thinking about doing something like that. Teach your child – self respect, and pride, and be involved. Instill in them good moral character. Show love to your kids, and don’t let video games and TV be their best friend. Keep them happy buy showing them they can be a success because of hard work. Start young. If they are older, get a grip on them quick. Just a thought form a parent who is lucky. It takes work, to be lucky!

  4. I don’t understand why the media doesn’t treat these murderers the way they started treated streakers at sporting evens. They stopped showing it happen on TV and it became less attractive to people (not to say it doesn’t still happen), now that they know they aren’t going to get on TV.

    In this regard, while it’s a much more serious topic and we do have to address the tragedy, let’s not repeat the person’s name over and over. Let’s try to make them as anonymous as we possibly can. This way, any mentally depraved person looking on might see that it’s not so glamorous. They’re already suicidal and they may still take their own life, but maybe we can help deter these mass killings.

    Also, I definitely am not qualified to say exactly why these tragedies are happening, but it’s very scary to me that it’s all coming from young adults between the ages of 18-25. What’s happening to our youth? Is it a combination of all of the violence our kids see at a young age? Video games, movies, music? Is it partly due to less quality time to spend with kids growing up due to 2 parents working? Parent’s putting more stresses on kid’s today? A crueler society in general with a much greater reach now with social media? A combination of all or some of these? I’m really just asking here? Whatever it is, it’s not a coincidence that it all of these kids seem to fit a similar profile, and it’s just damn freaky to me.

  5. Yeah, but we’re all gonna be dead anyway. In the equation of life, maybe a few glorious moments of sticking it to the world is better than a few decades of quiet suffering…it all ends in the same place.

  6. I kind of disagree, saying that them being dead means they lost pretty much invalidates all human goals extending beyond our life. If a guy cures cancer he’ll eventually be dead so nothing matters. What about monks who set themselves on fire to draw awareness to a social issue? They aren’t alive to enjoy the change they bring about. Etc.

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