I know it’s Friday but I want to talk about Mondays. Well, a very specific Monday. It was Monday 29th January 1979. Here’s what happened;
16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day”
It inspired Bib Geldof to write “I Don’t like Mondays”. The point is that killing does not need a WHY.
Mark Steyn gets to grips with the issue here.
The media conventions are pretty much chiseled in concrete by now. If a guy guns down large numbers of people while shouting “Allahu akbar!” don’t worry, it’s a one-off, part of no broader pattern, just a “lone wolf” who succumbed to “workplace violence” (Major Hasan at Fort Hood) or worries about impending foreclosure (the Times Square bomber) or any of the other highly specific, individual, customized circumstances to which card-carrying members of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves are prone. But if a genuine “lone wolf” guns down large numbers of people without shouting “Allahu akbar!” the media herd stampedes to ask the obvious question: Why?
When it comes to Islamic killers, there is no WHY. When it comes to the others, the WHY is to the fore. Almost a double standard but as Geldof points out… ”What reason do you need to die”?