Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Peter Rodger more to blame than gun laws for Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree

Are we too afraid to blame parents, mental health officials or the police and instead exploit the murderous shooting spree of Elloit Rodger to further gun control laws, which would have done nothing to stop the boy?

Elliot Rodger   photo/screenshot from disturbing YouTube video

Elliot Rodger photo/screenshot from disturbing YouTube video

Rodger was a narcissistic, selfish, little spoiled brat who plotted his revenge on women because they didn’t want to be his girlfriend and sleep with him.

Where is the outrage at Peter Rodger and the boy’s mother for raising a sexist child who viewed the opposite sex as pieces of meat here to satify his sexual desires or be executed?

The LA Times noted that “California has the toughest gun control laws in the nation, receiving an A- grade in a state-by-state analysis by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

“A record 11 bills were signed into law, including measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands and closing loopholes in California’s law prohibiting large capacity magazines,” said Amanda Wilcox, the legislation and policy chair for the California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “The research shows that strong gun laws can keep people safe from gun violence. We know that California’s strong gun laws are saving lives.”

Evidently “strong gun laws” cannot work since six people were murdered by this sexist nutjob. In fact, gun violence in California is worst than the next two states with the highest rates of violence (See below)

“They have done nothing, and that’s why Chris died,” one of the victim’s fathers Richard Martinez said at the Tuesday Memorial. “It’s almost become a normal thing for us to accept this.”

Eleven new bills and the highest number of regulations in the US and “they have done nothing?”

“I am generally skeptical of gun laws,” says Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA in a Daily Beast article in 2011. “The theory is that gun laws may prevent crimes of passion—domestic crimes, altercations over traffic incidents, or committed by someone who is otherwise law-abiding but has an anger problem… gun-control laws can potentially do something, but the kind of crime by which they can do the least is a mass shooting.” (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)

Let’s dig deeper.

His mother contacted authorities when she saw her son’s YouTube videos, but Rodger had legally obtained three semi-automatic handguns and still had 400 unspent rounds of ammunition when he shot himself to death, authorities said.

So where is the culpability of the authorities she called? Where is her culpability for not doing more? When police visited the boy on April 30, why wasn’t more done?

The deputies  described Rodger as “quiet and timid . . . polite and courteous,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Why was Elliot not instiutionlized by his parents or therapist?

“Elliot fits the profile of a self-absorbed youth with a pronounced victim mentality, and he left behind a voluminous amount of material online, which provides a rare window into the thinking processes of a mass murderer,” said James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in Media Psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, commentator, media analyst and law professor

The therapist, who by the way, received a copy of the manifesto the same time as his parents – moments before the shooting began.

“Rodger e-mailed his manifesto to his mother and his therapist. His parents frantically raced to Isla Vista, but by the time they arrived, Rodger had killed six people and taken his own life.” – Washington Post.

Maybe we should blame video games, the escapism and violence, since Rodger was obsessed with playing World of Warcraft.

“All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy,” wrote Rodger. “All of those popular people who live hedonistic lives of pleasure, I will destroy, because they never accepted me as one of them. I will kill them all and make them suffer, just as they have made me suffer. It is only fair.”

So, where is the bigger gap: in the gun laws, the lack of parental involvement/upbringing or the inaction by officials, video games or his therapist failing to recognize the risk?

No one should actually the parents of a 22-year-old man for the acutal criminal behavior of their son – he made those decisions for himself. Their parental skills, or lack thereof, appears to be a bigger factor than the lack of gun laws in the most restricted state in the country.

Maybe they can pass a bill blocking horny college boys from shooting girls who won’t have sex with them – that would have worked.

Of course, that’s already illegal in all 50 states.

Just some stats from 2011:

  • California had the highest number of gun murders last year – 1,790, which is 68% of all murders that year and equivalent to 3.25 per 100,000 people in the state.
  • The 1,220 “firearm murders” in California was more than the next TWO STATES COMBINED (Texas with 699, Michigan 450) – New York was next at 445.




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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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  1. Fact checker says:

    This is an extremely dishonest article. It ignores that California is the most populous state in the USA with 38.33 million people. That’s more people than Texas (26.45 million) and Michigan (9.9 million) combined.

    Now, let’s compare with the state that has perhaps the most lenient gun laws. Louisiana has only 4.63 million people, but had 402 gun homicides in 2011. That is a rate of 8.68 per 100,000 people–nearly double California’s rate of 4.67.

    Those that say that gun controls don’t do anything to prevent gun violence are wrong.

  2. Kendra says:

    I am also of the belief that stricter gun laws won’t stop crime. If he had been plotting this for 5 years he would have still obtained those weapons. BUT I think his parents are victims as well. We have someone in our family with mental illness and not only are families of these people just as shocked by the capacity of their crimes as all of us, but they feel just as helpless. In some cases, yes, neglect from parents is a contributing factor, but there is zero evidence to support the writers claims that the fault is in the parenting.

  3. Laura says:

    First of all, he was not a “boy.” he was 22 years old – a grown man. When my father was 22, he was a Vietnam vet and supporting a wife and three children. Maybe the problem is the infantilization of this generation. We treat people as children well into adulthood. And when parents divorce, the father always goes off and starts a second family, leaving his son feeling angry and abandoned. As much as the mother tries, she can’t teach a boy to be a man. Judges in divorce proceedings should order fathers to take custody of their sons. They might not like it, but they should be required to raise and discipline their sons and teach them to be men, not overgrown spoiled little boys.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      Laura, a great response.

      My use of “Boy” was intended to as a sarcastic tone towards the media and the handling of this case. Your comment furthers my point that the gun laws are far removed from the root cause of this tragic shooting. Thanks

  4. gun grabbers gonna grab says:

    By the way, remind me where this guy’s mother was from?


  5. James Holloway says:

    To say that that “gun violence in California is worst than the next two states.” By using the numbers provided take the TOTAL POPULATION OF EACH STATE and then DIVIDE by the FIREARM MURDER NUMBER IN THAT STATE. California is 1 person for every 31,000. The firearm murder rate in Michigan is 1 person for every 22,000. I dont think our laws are perfect here in California but they do count for something.

  6. Will says:

    The fact that California has strict gun laws does not automatically place the blame on the parents.

    This article is disgusting. The implication of the title is not backed up in the article, and in fact the parents of the shooter had tried to get him in therapy and contacted law enforcement. That doesn’t sound at all like an endorsement or encouragement of his views, but rather an acknowledgement that they were wrong. The shooter’s rantings show his views were shaped by his perceived mistreatment, not his parents. I wouldn’t consider a film director to be an expert in psychiatric care, so his decision to get try and get his son professional help sounds like a good decision.

    Are you trying to argue that because his dad was a Hollywood Director(in other words rich) his parents are at fault?

    • Ray says:

      “more to blame” was key here don’t you think. Stricter gun laws and all of the outrage doesn’t seem to even question the kid’s background. I agree with the author although he was going for some hyperbole

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