Talk about networking.  Methinks this is one very special group that needs its own LinkedIn category.  Call it Friends of Wackos:

When Jared L. Loughner was identified as the gunman who shot 19 people here two Saturdays ago, his parents joined a circle whose membership is a curse: the kin of those who have gone on killing sprees. Now, others in this circle of relatives are beginning to issue invitations to the Loughners.

David Kaczynski, brother of Theodore J. Kaczynski, the Unabomber, left a message with Mr. Loughner’s public defender offering his ear if the parents wanted to talk to “someone with a similar experience,” he recalled.

Robert P. Hyde of Albuquerque had the same instinct. The brother of a mentally ill man who killed five people, two of them police officers, Mr. Hyde looked up the Loughners’ address and mailed them a letter inviting them to contact him. The gist of his letter, Mr. Hyde said by phone, was that “what happened is not your fault.” –NYTimes

Others in the Very Special In Crowd are the parents of John C. Salvi III, who murdered two abortion-clinic receptionists, and Bill McVeigh, the father of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy J. McVeigh.  Unfortunately, the list is open-ended.

All of a sudden, these folks go from  ordinary Joes to “the parents/brother/children of the maniac mass murderer.”  There they are, minding their own damn business, and suddenly their every thought and action is under a national media microscope because of some horror show put on by a close relative over which they had no control whatsoever.

They become fodder for dime-store shrinks and headline-hungry media monkeys.  They’re villified and/or pitied — neither is pretty — freaks to be pointed at, pariahs in the workplace and own neighborhoods.   Overnight they sprout an elephant in the room.  An incontinent elephant at that.

Does Jimmy Carter belongs in this group?  Remember Billy?

The other nagging thought I’ve entertained is that Gabrielle Giffords, the unfortunate  and most prominent shooting victim of the Tucson Second Amendment rally that left 19 people dead or wounded, is a member of Congress, and as such, her expensive health care and lengthy rehabilitation are covered by the most generous policy this country has to offer.  You and I bought it for her: isn’t that grand?  The same invertebrates who won’t address the insane circumstances that put automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the paws of the demented are protected when injured, while the rest of us unwashed peons scratch around on our own dime.

If you resist calling her “lucky,” I’ll understand.  But compare her situation to yours: if what happened to her happened to you, where would you be?

Just a thought.  I’ll stop now.

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7 Responses to FOW’s

  1. Ryan says:

    LOL! Fuck Gabby Giffords and the stupid jews she rode in on. Free Loughner!

    • Squathole says:

      Ryan: The “j” in “Jews” should be upper-case. And that’s the high point of your commentary.

      It’s always refreshing to see hate speech out in the open where its authors can be engaged (read: disparaged, belittled, and jeered) by the larger. more sensible community. I don’t know why you imagine your response has anything to do with what I posted, but maybe I’m giving you too much credit for the ability to reason. Anyway, thanks for your, um, informative insights.

      For further information, Ryan provided the following email address:

  2. Rick says:

    We’re all socialists.


  3. Dawgbowl says:

    Welcome back. It’s nice to see you hit the ground running.

  4. Hose B says:

    The thing is, the line separating wackos who make headlines for spectatcular atrocities and your ordinary garden variety wacko isn’t all that bright and clear. Lots of people have lunatics in their family trees, but most of them are harmless pains-in-the-ass. These family members are no different from the rest of us, they just have a helluva lot more to deal with.

  5. Merkin Way says:

    Yeah, nice: the “Tucson second amendment rally.” The gun didn’t fire itself, you know. Blaming the gun for what the kid did is like blaming the car, not the drunk driver. When you focus on the gun you lose sight of the real problem, which is that mentals in this country have ‘way too much leeway to act dangerously, and do so every day in lots of different ways, some, like this, worse than others. Take them off the street, not not the guns.

    • Frank of Oregon says:

      Lame analogy, Merkin Way. There are all sorts of restrictions on who can drive and when, and every state has regulations governing licenses, records of drivers, inspections of vehicles, and insurance requirements. Cops patrol the highways and can stop suspicious drivers. In states like Arizona, anybody who breathes can own and even carry a gun. Not even cigarets can be bought as easily as weapons. It’s too easy. It’s begging for trouble. Q.E.D.

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