“Hi, I’m Nick. I’m a school shooter. I wanna shoot people with my AR-15 and I’m going to be a professional school shooter”
Senior Eddie Bonilla wasn’t surprised his former classmate was arrested. “Honestly a lot of people were saying it was going to be him.”
“We actually, a lot of kids, threw jokes around Iike that, saying that he’s the one to shoot up the school, but it turns out everyone predicted it. It’s crazy.”
Teen years are difficult. We are insecure, frequently lonely, generally socially awkward, and seeking to belong. Remember your years in junior and senior high school? Nikolas Cruz is described as a loner, who generally had his head down. Classmates shunned him. He wasn’t cool or popular.
His public defender, Melisa McNeil, and Gordon Weekes, also representing Cruz, said that troubled young man suffers from autism, depression and has dealt with significant psychological problems — all without the sort of support system that most people have.
“When your brain is not fully developed, you don’t know how to deal with these things,” McNeil said. “That’s the child I’m sitting across from.” Weeks added: “The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.”
Students joked about him; they teased him; they bullied him; they ridiculed him. They DID NOT love him. Nikolas Cruz lashed out by killing.
Ariana Lopez, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reported, “He used to sell knives out of his lunchbox, which I thought was like insane because you can’t have knives [in] a school. He would talk about how he sympathized with Syrian terrorists and how people who opposed them should be killed.”
“He talked about killing our parents, our friends, boyfriends and girlfriends,” Lopez said. “He would hit [his ex-girlfriend], he would threaten her, he would threaten her family and her friends, for talking to other guys.” Lopez claims she reported Cruz to school officials “multiple” times between 2016 and 2017 after he began following her and her friends after school. Facebook friend, Santana Avila shared Rachel Held Evans post that disagrees students have a responsibility for their peers. “THIIIISSSSS!!!!” she writes in support.
“Even before they announced that he was the shooter, we all knew it was Nik,” Lopez said about herself and Cruz’s other former classmates. “He was the only person that we could think of that would do something like this because it was obvious that he had the power to do this.” The FBI failed these students and America. School administrators failed the students and their families. The students failed themselves. Our behavior continue to FAIL all of us.
As gun violence becomes more and more common in the U.S., there seems to be one constant: The majority of shooters are men, many of whom have a track record of physically abusing the women in their lives. Chelsea Lyons, a Facebook friend and renown for “flipping off” Hillary Clinton on national TV as a member of the Hawai’i delegation when the DNC nominated Clinton over Bernie Sanders, wrote:
I responded to her post:
Men are TAUGHT to fight. We’ve been the soldiers who kept you safe; the police who protect your streets; the workers who went into mines and factories; the ones who created and staffed unions. We must BATTLE.
Women have had the PRIVILEGE of staying in the home, tending to children, being cooperative and social. Men are alone. They do not have strong social groups. They MUST provide!
Some 90% of inmates in prison are men. Society expects much from men. You want us to be TOUGH to protect you — yet do not teach us how to deal with anger and violent thoughts. You do not teach us how to deal with depression and loneliness.
Today, women group together to SHAME men who have failed. What happens then to men? Where do they go? Learn to truly love men. Our history is filled with horror. We need help and love!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nikolas Cruz was clearly “lost” and searching for an identity. He was seeking acceptance, connection and love. “He seemed nice but also had some mental issues,” one member told CNN. “All (I know) is that he likes guns and really hates liberals.”
In the screenshot above, Nikolas Cruz thanks Christian for the new hat. “I owe you brother.” It’s a U.S. Army hat. “Be All You Can Be.”
Nikolas Cruz posed with guns and knives in photos on Instagram and made a chilling online comment about a mass shooting carried out in New York this summer.
“Man I can do so much better.”
Boys Are Broken
Michael Ian Black writes, “Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.” I believe Black is correct … boys are broken, particularly White Males. James Damore, who was fired by Google after publishing an internal memo criticizing the diversity hiring practices, is suing the company on the allegation that it “discriminates against politically conservative White males.”
Jennifer Carlson, a sociology professor at the University of Arizona who studies gun politics and gender, believes, “We often talk about gender in terms of women getting the short end of the stick. Well, masculinity isn’t easy either. That’s not your ticket to the good life. It isn’t easy to be a man in the United States. Demands put on men — whether it’s to be the protector, to be the provider, to respond to situations in certain ways, to prove yourself as a man — end up being not just outwardly destructive but also inwardly destructive.”
America has programs to enhance “Girl Power,” assists People of Color, opens doors for non-White minorities. Everyone but White Males are allowed to be a victim today. #MeToo is a movement for women who suffered from predatory males. Speaking Thursday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas decried the contemporary culture of victimhood, telling an audience at the Library of Congress that constant aggrievement would exhaust the country.
At some point we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim,” the Justice said. “You always have to play the hand you’re dealt. If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.”
Michael Ian Black writes:
The last 50 years redefined womanhood: women were taught they can be anything. No commensurate movement for men who are still generally locked into the same rigid, outdated model of masculinity and it’s killing us.
If you want to hurt a man, the first thing you do is attack his masculinity. Men don’t have the language to understand masculinity as anything other than some version of a caveman because no language exists.
The language of masculinity is hopelessly entwined with sexuality, and the language of sexuality in hopelessly entwined with power, agency, and self-worth.
So men (and boys before that) don’t have language for modes of expression that don’t readily conform to traditional standards. To step outside those norms is to take a risk most of us are afraid to take. As a result, a lot of guys spend their lives terrified.
We’re terrified of being viewed as something other than men. We know ourselves to be men, but don’t know how to be our whole selves. A lot of us (me included) either shut off or experience deep shame or rage. Or all three. Again: men are terrified.
Even talking about this topic invites ridicule because it’s so scary for most men (and women). Men are adrift and nobody is talking about it and nobody’s doing anything about it and it’s killing us.
Melanie-Angela Neuilly, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, connects toxic masculinity to gun violence:
“We raise our boys with an acceptance that violence will be part of their behaviors (‘boys will be boys’), while teaching them to repress all feelings except for anger (‘boys don’t cry’), in a society which objectifies girls and women,” she said.
“While problematic in and of itself (‘patriarchy hurts men too’), we see that abusers overwhelmingly come from abusive backgrounds, and thus only replicate patterns they have learned during their childhoods, patterns which, while criminal, are ultimately reinforced in a number of ways in a masculine culture of violence.”
The #1 MOVIE promoted this weekend by The Left, Black Panther, features a Black Male, a King, continuing a Patriarchal system dominated by violence.
The violent comments of Nikolas Cruz were reported to the FBI, but FBI officials failed to follow up. Negligent authorities.
“Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken. We have determined that these protocols were not followed.”
Missed Warning Signs
There were many opportunities to prevent this tragedy missed by a society that is “too busy” to care about each other. While unpopular with gun control advocates and the political Left, President Trump is likely correct about this incident. Huffington Post criticized the president for questioning whether the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in Election 2016 distracted them from more pressing concerns. While most of us believe the FBI can investigate more than one concern, the FBI has missed many key actions — they missed 9/11 warnings for those who remember.
Unfortunately, the fact is the FBI let down the community and nation after concerned citizens had reported Nikolas Cruz’s disturbing comments and behavior.
Cruz is “a smaller kid” and there are indications “there may have been some bullying going on.”
Cruz was adopted at a young age by Roger and Lynda Cruz. Roger died years ago. Lynda died last fall, following an illness.
Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the year before for “disciplinary reasons.”
Cruz legally purchased the gun he used during the shooting. “It was his gun,” family attorney said. “The family made him keep it in a locked gun cabinet in the house, but he had a key.”
“The family is devastated. They didn’t see this coming,” Lewis said. ”They took him in, and it’s a classic case of no good deed goes unpunished. He was a little quirky and he was depressed about his mom’s death, but who wouldn’t be?”
“He was very, very strange,” said an unnamed student. “Like if there was someone to shoot up a school, it would be him.”
“Something wasn’t right about him,” schoolmate Brody Speno recalled. “He was off.” Speno described him as “an evil kid” who was “always getting in trouble.” He recalled Cruz stealing peoples’ mail, throwing rocks at cars and tormenting animals. He described one incident in which he said Cruz “cornered a squirrel and was trying to throw rocks at it and kill it.” He said police were called to the house “almost every other week.” Law enforcement officers responded to Cruz’s house on 39 occasions over a seven-year period.
“It surprises me that this is going on today, but it doesn’t shock me that it was him,” the student said. “He’s been a troubled kid, and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on.”
“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus,” Math teacher Jim Gard said. Other students told him Cruz had been obsessed with a female student “to the point of stalking her.” Cruz had been abusive to his ex-girlfriend and was later expelled for getting into a fight with his ex’s boyfriend.
A society “too busy” to help this young man; classmates insensitive to his loneliness and calls for help, who joked about him and ridiculed him.
Guns aren’t the problem. They make it easier, but all of us are guilty of failing Nikolas Cruz and millions of young men across America.
Women Ridicule Men
Due to my comments about the struggle men have in American society, this is how some women responded. They harbor such anger and hatred toward men in general that they are unable to see how males are poorly equipped to deal with our contemporary world.
My response to these ladies:
Just like dogs or horses, as humans breed these creatures for selective characteristics, men have EVOLVED to be violent. Our ancestors had to be skilled at fighting and f*cking. Otherwise, the line died out. Those who survived — us — came from the most SUCCESSFUL at both. Thus, men today are “horn dogs” — because we’re wired to seek sex; and we’re violent — as we had to learn to fight or get pounded. Women can be a “p*ssy,” as I might have been called as a boy. But I couldn’t survive that label — I would get pounded every day. Listen to Johnny Cash, “A Boy Called Sue.”
Now, go back 20,000 years. How did early woman really look? She was filthy; dirty; matted hair; scarred and weathered. She was NOT attractive in our terms today. Early man was a filthy beast as well. They didn’t light candles, sip wine, and cuddle for foreplay. Likely, filthy man took filthy woman over a log — what we would consider rape today. How else would humanoids move forward?
Today, we live in a different world but our genes are 1,000s of years behind. Men are equipped to be ALONE in the wild; to pioneer and stand strong. Men are not used to being social — and, as we see, many YOUNG men are not skilled at dealing with depression and negative feelings.
Women EVOLVED in community, group and non-violent cooperation. They fit more easily in our modern world. Yet women fight PSYCHOLOGICALLY. They’ve never had the physical strength — but they know how to be MEAN and RETALIATORY. Men fight their way; women fight theirs.
Women are better at expressing their anger — having friends and family to vent. YOUNG males are likely the worst at this. This shooter was angry; he was depressed. Rather than talk, he did what he knew — he took his tools (weapons) and lashed out at those around him.
You don’t have to believe me … there are some 18 mass murders at schools this year alone. One day, you will listen and stop ridiculing men.