Tell me why…

…I don’t like Mondays.

On 29 January 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on children arriving at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego from her house across the street, killing two men and wounding eight students and a police officer. Principal Burton Wragg was attempting to rescue children in the line of fire when he was shot and killed, and custodian Mike Suchar was slain attempting to aid Wragg.

Spencer used a rifle her father had given her as a gift. As to what impelled her into this form of murderous madness, she told a reporter,”I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

The “Mondays” comment was not the only eyebrow-raising declaration to issue from Spencer that day. According to a report written by the police negotiators who spoke with her during the six-hour standoff, she made such comments to them as ”There was no reason for it, and it was just a lot of fun”; ”It was just like shooting ducks in a pond”; and ”[the children ] looked like a herd of cows standing around, it was really easy pickings.”

That Spencer failed to kill any of the children she shot at was attributable to luck rather than any reluctance on her part to take their lives. The bullet that struck 9-year-old Charles “Cam” Miller missed his heart by about an inch.

Spencer pled guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

(Taken from Snopes)

Honestly though, have you never felt like opening fire on a bunch of random people?  The fact that these sort of murders occur so infrequently is testament to the moral strength of the human race.  I wonder though:  Are we losing our morals in the modern age or is it simply that better weaponry and more efficient reporting make stories like this commonplace?


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14 responses to “Tell me why…

  1. Dom

    Not random people, no. The problem is that my list of people who should be shot is so large that it would appear seemingly random unless I was able to shoot a statistically significant sample (say 10-20 million).

  2. The weaponry available in the 70s wasn’t bad – I graduated Class I marksman in ’73 on 10-year-old technology; she was just a lousy shot to have winged so many and fatally injured so few. The truly frigtening thing about Spencer is that her actions weren’t motivated by intolerance, just abject indifference.

    Whereas if I flipped out my acts of slaughter might be motivated by a desire to thin out the gene pool (which some might say was justifiable).

  3. I wrote a similar post last year!!!

    But I can’t remember the password… hmmm

  4. Now you’ve got me singing (in my head) all the Boomtown Rats songs I can remember!

  5. snarly

    i dont like mondays either. theyre lame nd we got PE or mathes first. no fun for me. 😦

  6. Hey, there… I just wanted to thank you for coming by and commenting on my blog. Great stuff! I’m very much looking forward to my next post, in which I’ll try to address some of what you talked about. Very well written! You’re giving me my first challenge to provide a rebuttal.

    And IMHO, I love Mondays. They give me an opportunity each week to begin with a clean slate and start off the week on a positive and productive note. Mondays can easily set the tone for the other four workdays, so I love figuring out ways to make Mondays really, really good.


  7. mylozmom

    WOW……….what a read!! Strange that I have never her “this” perticular story about a school shooting although, it did happen years before I was even born. Crazy world we live in ain’t it??

  8. Dom, so you’d bump off every peron or group who annoyed you? This may seem fair at first glance but it’s not practical. In order to wipe out the population of several major cities you’d need nuclear weapons or an army at your disposal. Both tricky to get a hold of and pretty indescriminate. I suggest a more surgical method. Pick one person who exemplifies all that you hate and then go from there.

    Brennig, I think indifference is probably the greatest plague ever to have infested humanity. Not caring allows evil to thrive while doing no good. At least people who care passionately about something can be fought if you disagree with them. Motivating people to care is so much more difficult.

    Soupy, hmmmm, you could always repost it without the password…..

    Cat, the song was actually inspired from the shootings. If your memory is good or you have access to some sort of global information network (such as that conceived in science fiction) then you can relate the lyrics to the event.

    Snarlz, Maths is fun and so is PE, stop being so pessimistic or I won’t buy you a gun for your birthday.

    Maria, I love rebuttals. I can rebut your rebuttal after you’ve written it. We can end up with a whole series of rebuttals and we can call it a conversation…or an argument.

    Mylozmom, before you were born????? You young whippersnapper you.

  9. edfromct

    Being retired one day is pretty much like the other. I get equally excited about them all now when I can get out of bed with most of my body parts working.

    When I was working Monday was the worst day. The sound of the Monday morning alarm clock is enough to put anyone in the mood to kill.

    I don’t see that much differents between the killings I read about today and the stories of death and destruction in the history books.

    Trying to kill all the terrible people in the world is like trying to kill a Hydra. Cut off one head and another just pops up in it’s place. We should focus are energy in changing the conditions that allow such monsters to come into being.

  10. mylozmom

    oh, hahahah, that’s actually a lie. I mixed up the date of the shooting with the dates on one of the comments. I was 8 months old! tee hee!

  11. Wow, this happened back in 1979? I’m glad I live in a country where it’s illegal to have guns sometimes, although, gun crime is on the up here as well.

  12. divastar

    ARGH! I did want to put something really intelligent but I’m so tired that all I have is Bob Geldof in my head now….. I’m going to have nightmares….lol

    Oh I almost forgot! Hello wordpress buddy! ;o) xxx

  13. “I wonder though: Are we losing our morals in the modern age or is it simply that better weaponry and more efficient reporting make stories like this commonplace?”

    I always thought it was the latter. It then creates panic and fear. And also the prophesies of impending doom….

  14. “I wonder though: Are we losing our morals in the modern age or is it simply that better weaponry and more efficient reporting make stories like this commonplace?”

    I think newer generations are either losing their morals, or simply do not have them at all. It also seems de rigour for someone with a grudge to go running through a school, college or workplace with a selection of weapons to make their point. I remember being very shocked when I heard the reports of Michael Ryan in Hungerford yet when I hear above the latest shooting in the US I am more sanguine about it.

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