Thursday, December 06, 2007

No clues... What?... 

In the article about the homicidal gunman at the mall in Nebraska, the closest adult to the situation gave this information in an interview:

"But Maruca-Kovac said she saw nothing foreshadowing the horror Hawkins would inflict in his last moments alive. She remembered a gentle young man who loved animals."

Wait for it... wait for it... wait for it....

"She regarded him so benignly that when he showed her the SKS semiautomatic rifle the night before his attack, she thought little of it, the Omaha World-Herald reported."

Hmmm... If only there were other clues to piece together like....

"There was a felony drug conviction in 2005 and the disorderly conduct charge seven months later. He was due in court later this month on charge that he contributed to the delinquency of a minor."

No clues yet... Let's see if there is anything else that would have warned a normal person...

"With Hawkins living in her home, Maruca-Kovac could see that Hawkins had a drinking problem and was an occasional marijuana smoker. He enjoyed music and video games_'normal teenage stuff' she said."

Still no clues... I guess we'll have to read further...

"He was depressed, and he had always been depressed, but he looked like he was getting better, Maruca-Kovac said."

Still no clues...

"Then, about two weeks ago, he lost his girlfriend. A week later, it was his job."

Still no clues...

"He was not on any medication for mental illness, but he had been treated in the past for depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Maruca-Kovac said."

Dang, still no clues... All we have to go on are:

1) A clinically depressed teenager who is not taking his medication
2) A criminal history that includes a felony and pending criminal charges
3) Drug use and a substance abuse problem
4) Lost his job and his girlfriend
5) Brandishing an assault rifle

What else could he have done to warn the adults around him that he was about to do something horribly tragic? Did he need to have a t-shirt printed that said "Warning. The wearer of this shirt is about to commit a homicidal rampage". Common sense and an ounce of backbone could easily have averted this tragedy.

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