Tag: Elliot Rodger

What We Learned About Modern Feminism from Santa Barbara


YesAllWomenI’ve been reluctant to comment on the horrifying mass shooting in Santa Barbara over Memorial Day weekend, as there is certainly nothing I – nor anyone else – can say to make sense of this tragedy. Yet on Friday I was a panelist on PBS’s To The Contrary, where I had to discuss the incident, and I thought it was appropriate to expand on the discussion here.

There has been no shortage of writers who have felt obliged to share their opinion about this awful event. But this deluge of commentary immediately in the wake of the murders is not only grotesque and self-involved, but also threatens the health of our society.

At the very least we ought to be skeptical of anyone who tries to offer insight – much of which has led to absurd conclusions like blaming actor Seth Rogen for this atrocity. But really we ought to be much angrier – and much more forthright – about those who have tried to extrapolate something larger about American culture, gender relations, or sexual violence from this horrible incident.

Isla Vista: Could Rodger Have Been Stopped?


My latest piece over at PJ Media concerns the murders in Isla Vista. Among other issues, I discuss the pro forma calls for more gun control, this in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. A sample:

 And still there are those who entertain the childish fantasy that some act of legislation, some magical addition to California’s already voluminous gun laws, might have been the one that impeded [Elliot] Rodger from carrying out what he was determined to do. Richard Martinez, father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, one of the students Rodgers killed on Friday, has been passionate in his condemnation of the National Rifle Association and the politicians he perceives to be in its thrall. “Why did Chris die?”, he asked reporters.  “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”

Mr. Martinez can be forgiven in his grief for failing to blame the actual killer, but even in grief one must not disregard the grief felt by others whose loss is just as great. Elliot Rodger killed six people, three of them by gunfire. And he injured 13 others, eight by gunfire. The parents of those stabbed to death or run down in the street might ask, “You seek to ban the implement that harmed your child, but what’s to be done about the one that harmed mine?”

The Libertarian Podcast: The Second Amendment and Mass Shootings


shutterstock_124466629In the wake of last week’s shooting rampage by Elliot Rodger in California, there’s been a predictable firestorm over the Second Amendment and whether America makes it too easy to access guns. In this episode of the Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution, Professor Epstein addresses some of those issues: Was the Second Amendment meant to protect individual rights or collective ones? Has the Supreme Court’s recent jurisprudence on the issue gotten us closer to, or further away from, the original meaning? And, even if the critics have their way, do the kind of gun control regulations we most frequently hear proposed have any real prospect of curbing violence like what we saw last week? Listen to hear Richard’s take.


#YesAllWomen’s Wasted Opportunity


shutterstock_162487649An article on CNN leads off the discussion of the #YesAllWomen hashtag with the following:

No, not all men channel frustration over romantic rejection into a killing spree. But yes, all women experience harassment, discrimination or worse at some point in their lives. That’s the message at the core of an ongoing Twitter conversation that emerged after a rampage last week that left six students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, dead and wounded 13 others. Elliot Rodger, who apparently shot and killed himself, left behind a robust digital footprint detailing his plan to “destroy everything I cannot have,” blaming the “cruelness of women” for leading to his “day of retribution.”

Okay, I get it: Elliot Rodger was a jerk who hated women, and now we get inundated on Twitter with the notion that all women are victims of a domineering male society (never do I see an acknowledgement that women can be, and often are,  just as bad too each other as any man ever could be). As one person on Twitter said:

A Violent Weekend


Let us begin our tour with a quarrel in a faraway country. As Yahoo Japan reports, “A Vietnamese fishing vessel has sunk after being rammed by a Chinese vessel and the 10 fishermen have been rescued. While Vietnam has not responded yet, the Coast Guard warned “the situation at the site it very tense.”‘

This is not an isolated incident, but rather an escalation of recent tensions. It is most likely a response to last week’s announcement of cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, which followed the Chinese “deploying an oil rig off the Paracel Islands, which Vietnam also claims, leading to physical clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels.”

The UC Santa Barbara Massacre: A Simple and Modest Proposal


UCSBElliot Rodger, the killer at UC Santa Barbara, was not just mentally disturbed, he was a grade-A jerk. He was envious of wealthy people, yet drove a BMW. He was inconsiderate of his roommates; this included playing loud music in the middle of the night. A neighbor tried to help him meet people by taking him to a party, but instead he acted “like a ghost” and “just stared at people.” He harbored a grudge against a girl who rejected him when she was in seventh grade. Despite all this, he considered himself polite and a gentleman.

A simple reform might have prevented this, or at least shifted the problem to a different school. In its admissions process, the University of California does not require letters of recommendation. It should start.

If it had, I suspect that Rodger would not have been able to persuade a teacher to write such a letter, or a least to write one that was complimentary. Under such a policy, I think the probability is high that Rodger would not have been admitted to UCSB.