So again, “Northern Illinois University on Friday identified the man who fatally shot five people in a classroom as Steven P. Kazmierczak, whom police described as an award-winning student “revered” by colleagues and faculty.” according to cnn.com
Another violent dislocation in American Society, the motivation of which is in question. Culminating one’s life in an act of shooting others and then shooting and killing oneself. Such an overt dedication to fighting the ills of society and such an atypical overreaction to the opposite extreme.
The question is what was the medication that Steven Kazmierczak had stopped taking in the weeks leading up to this event? Which doctor prescribed the medication he was taking? Why did he exhibit erratic behavior in the weeks leading up to the murders? Could those symptoms have been interpreted as indications of possible violence?
Many various reasons are said to contribute to such a bloody dislocation with society on the part of otherwise passive individuals.
From violence in media, to U.S. military aggression, to the neurosis of the American psyche over its conflicting values of democracy one the one hand and capitalist economic growth on the other, to the use of powerful anti-psychotic medication many explanations are offered for killings like this.
Access to guns as the problem or the answer? Surely the easy web access to the purchase of firearms has accelerated the scope of the trend of mass killings in America over the past 15 years.
Is it a coincidence that “A Web site used to buy gun accessories by Steven Kazmierczak is owned by the same company that operates a site patronized by Seung-Hui Cho, the company said.”?
Of the simplest reasons for this is mere imitation and longing to fulfill a dark romantic fantasy of revenge to avenge all the perceived wrongs which have accumulated over years of mental illness. Managed with medications that often cause issues as potentially damaging as the ones they are supposed to cure. The containment of the dualistic schism in the individual’s psyche through the use of medication and without addressing the underlying psychological understanding of this individual’s mental condition leads to isolation of aspects of the self and often leads to latter subconscious dislocations of personality.
The fact that in America this very day another otherwise good, intelligent individual executes his premeditated dream of the glory of appearing for a moment before society to express some sort of maladjusted need for recognition. Too weak to face the reality of their own lives by killing themselves, and incapable of creating meaning in their lives in any other way.
The choice to kill, the deliberate act of murder point blank and the successful execution of one’s own self to avoid repercussions cannot be wholly explained by any one cause. That does not mean this act was not preventable given proper treatment. The means of identifying and treating mental illness in America remain in question.
In a society at war the collective consciousness of a people is shaped by its own fears. The manufacture of fear in America is the great unheralded force behind it’s people’s actions. Fear will lead a people to war and will also keep a population from thinking and questioning the actions of its government.
All excuses for cold blooded murder and suicide aside, the desperation for any sort of expression, for any type of recognition as someone real to another is real. Such a heavy expectation of life.
Said Martin Wnuk of Friendswood, Texas “..We are creating these seemingly soulless ghouls who are in reality desperate, lonely, hopeless and ill … and capable of unthinkable random violence. I have no answer to it. In a few weeks this will be forgotten, except by the fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and friends of the slain, who will live with it forever.”