It’s another sad day for mental health in the United States.
First there was Toni Braxton’s horrifyingly narcissistic revelation that she believes her autistic child was God’s punishment. Now there’s college student Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree, which thus far is being attributed to unrequited love.
Elliot Rodgers, 22, was at some point a Santa Barbara City college student who translated “the college experience” as sex, fun and pleasure. However, the past eight years of his life he said, “ever since puberty” have been anything but. Rodgers’ video manifesto would have the rest of us believe that virginity, having never been kissed, and rejection prompted his murder spree.
It’s tempting to scoff Rodgers’ melodrama as whiney immaturity. The California gunman is the son of “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger. Slutty, blonde sorority girls, were the original targets of Elliot Rodgers’ rage.
The Washington Post released a transcript of his video manifesto that proves premeditated murder. Elliot Rodger said he would enter a sorority house and murder women. His video transcripts state:
“On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up blond slut I see inside there.
“All those girls that I have desired so much, they all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man . . . while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I will take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one. The true alpha male.”
Rodger’s father was aware his son had mental issues and police visited Rodger’s home before his massacre. Elliot Rodger’s “disturbing videos” prompted a police visit and inquiry on April 30. The welfare check didn’t raise much suspicion, and nor did police see evidence of Elliot Rodgers’ guns. But police did not search Rodgers’ apartment and, USA TODAY reported, Elliot Rodgers expressed relief the cops didn’t find guns or his writings.
As often is the case with campus shooters, families are aware of the potential for danger. The Rodgers family may be the first in the history of American campus shooters who actively sought to intervene before mayhem erupted.
Rodgers stabbed to death three of his roommates, before he knocked on the door of a sorority house. The women he killed were outside of the house.
He drove his car into parked cars during shootout with police. In total, 7 people are dead, 13 injured. 8 people suffered from gunshot wounds, four were injured after Rodgers’ BMW smashed into their parked cars. It's believed Rodgers died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.