He was just plain mentally ill. His interest in _any_ religion would just be
part of his disconnection from reality - it says nothing meaningful about the
religion itself.Or look at it this way - he was a Buddhist in the
same way that Timothy McVeigh was a Christian.Meaningless to either
Blue,For me it isn't meaningless. There can be value in
examining how religion is used to motivate/restrain behavior. If such
examination can provide us any insight, then the value exists. To me, that is
worth investigating thoroughly as such crimes are statistically increasing in
frequency.My LDS Faith helps me restrain or limit my choices. Before
I practiced my faith as I do now, my choices were very different than they are
now. In my life it has proven beneficial for my sake and those around me.Our revelations do not teach us to hurt others or use force, unless in
defense. Instead, we are commanded only to use persuasion. Some religions teach
a doctrine of "act, and God will justify your actions"... which
isn't really a belief in anything but yourself as a moral dictator.
Sometimes, religions teach true doctrines of peace and follows go off and commit
such acts anyway, regardless of their religion.The fact is, religion
influences people and if we can encourage all faiths to motivate better behavior
more effectively then it is helpful, meaningful, and potentially in some cases
As the story says, the guy spent a heck of a lot of time playing violent video
games....hello?? When was the last time you read about a practicing Buddhist in
America engaging in mass slaughter?? It's pretty obvious the red flags he
sent up prior to his horrific act are still being missed. How many more
massacres is it going to take to finally understand that those games are not
just mindless entertainment, that violence breeds violence? The Sandy Hook
killer was also a violent video game player. Why is there such a reluctance to
see the obvious? Oh right...blame it on Buddhism....
What you do and how you do it separates manners and polite. Religion is only
what you do religiously. What would the world be like if no one learned to use
their better judgement.
Were he a practicing Buddhist none of this would have happened. Does a one of
you know anything of the doctrinal basis of Buddhism?
According to gun nut control people, the cause of the shootings was an AR-15.
Which was never used during the shooting, but was a shotgun and two handguns.
Yet they're pushing this as another reason to restrict assault rifles and
high capacity clips.Maybe instead of blaming guns for some how
forcing people to shoot people. The question should be asked why are people
using guns to shoot people? Most of these highly publicized shootings are from
people with mental issues. They're registered democrats and supporters of
obama. Does that mean all registered democrats and supporters of obama have a
strong chance of being a mass shooter? I don't think so. Owning an assault
rifle doesn't mean you'll become one either.Having mental
issues and access to weapons, I feel is the stronger culprit in predicting mass
shootings. Just create a database of mental issues, that is part of the
background check for guns. That will slow the flow.
People often act outside of their religious teachings. Buddhism is not a
violent religion. It teaches people to reflect and meditate, not use force or
violence. Violence is a rejection of Deity. Violence is a rejection of the
principles and doctrine given to mankind by Deity. Those who chose to use
violence are in rebellion against the Creator, who taught peace and patience,
who reserved judgement to himself and cautioned us to NOT judge others and to
forgive those who trespassed against us.Who knows what triggered
this violence? Who knows how many incidents "piled" up before the
shooter justified his actions? Who knows whether treatment in a mental hospital
would have prevented his violence? We'll never know those answers. The
one thing that we can do is to show tolerance and kindness to others, even if
they offend us.
I have also read reports that he made a number of trips to Malaysia. Malaysia
is a predominantly Islamic country with Buddhists also in the population. There
are a number of closed windows in this individual's background. So far,
not much on his background have been released.