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Published On: Sat, Dec 18th, 2010

Florida shooter, Clay Duke, spray paints ‘V for Vendetta’ symbol

V for Vendetta graphic novelClay Duke, 56 year old gunmen, who opened fire on a Florida school board, used red spray paint to make a large “V” in the center of a circle. Immediately, I recognized the reference to the Alan Moore comic series “V for Vendetta”, which was later made into a motion picture starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.

Duke described himself as a “freedom fighter” and communicated his frustrations with the wealthy on his Facebook page, sounding like the character “V” from the film and the comic book.

From the motion picture, the character speaks to the audience (quoted by IMDB):

Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.

Freedom versus injustice…obedience versus fairness…a freedom fighter versus the government: yes, it appears Mr. Duke’s delusion indeed strikes some parallels to the fictional character created by Alan Moore during the early 1980s.

In the 2005 interview with “The Beat” Alan Moore speaks of his creation:

The central question is, is this guy right? Or is he mad? What do you, the reader, think about this? Which struck me as a properly anarchist solution. I didn’t want to tell people what to think, I just wanted to tell people to think and consider some of these admittedly extreme little elements, which nevertheless do recur fairly regularly throughout human history.

Now, in the wake of this tragedy, similar questions may be asked. “Extreme elements” are facing many of our citizens today, struggling with job loss, a crumbling housing market and a woeful political landscape.

It’s ashame that a pop culture presentation, designed to make the audience evaluate these challenges, became an outlet and excuse for violence.

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/12/15/police-florida-school-board-gunman-had-planned-attack/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434409/quotes

http://web.archive.org/web/20060404210249/http://www.comicon.com/thebeat/2006/03/a_for_alan_pt_1_the_alan_moore.html

 

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Due to the support/pressure from my DOB comrades, Splash Page was resurrected to publish Pop Culture topics and the “State of the Nation” will continue to deal with politics and heavy issues.

Beginning in December of 2010, I began writing on Examiner.com, check out my articles there: http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-tampa-bay/brandon-jones

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