Friday, August 14, 2009

WHY NOBODY TRIED TO STOP LEPINE


Many at the scene would have been in shock, especially those who had been in direct contact with Lepine, taking orders from him or watching him murder these women. Nevertheless, there must have been opportunity to challenge or confuse Lepine as he targeted and shot these women, all the while ignoring both pleas and fervent claims that they were "not feminist". The likes of Mark Steyn will insist that there must have been opportunities to take action of some sort. After all, Lepine climbed stairs, spoke to and separated people, went in and out of rooms and hallways, was very loud as he shot randomly or targeted women. So, he must have been vulnerable at some point, offering someone the opportunity to ambush him somehow, or storm him and wrestle the gun (risky though this might be). The students, staff, faculty, or security forces, no one mounted any attempt to stop Lepine, and the women he targeted did not have the ability to influence the misogynist shooter; indeed, their words might have fuelled greater tragedy.


Most readers were shocked, dismayed, and ashamed that no-one attempted to avert this tragedy. Foreign analysts, especially American media people, had a field day and were prone to criticize and take cheap shots at Canada: the Steyn pack calling their Northern neighbour an ''unmanned Dominion''. Everyone was telling jokes about Canuckistan, the land of the ''Tyranny of nice''. And then came Virginia Tech in 2007, and suddenly everyone was embarrassed. Those making bad jokes and taking cheap shots at Canada were silenced, then the question was raised: ''what did you do, you proud sons of the country of John Wayne, to stop the killer at Virginia Tech?''. Where were the famous Virginians when the iconic Cho irrupted in 2007? In this land of heroes, there was no one to stop him! Captain America was sleeping, Jack Bauer was gone after they dismantled CTU, and Jesse James had been shot in the back.


Even Mark Steyn had to come to his senses in recognizing that ''if Virginia Tech has proved anything, it is that Amerika certainly fares no better than Canuckistan or Quebecistan in cases of school shootings, in terms of slow response by the police and inability to stop the killer.


To say that only a man or group of men might have altered the bloody history of l'École Polytechnique or Virginia Tech is wishful thinking at its worst. The women who were Lepine's target could not possibly be expected to reason with the enraged man. The few women who tried to convince Lepine that they were not feminist were killed first. The men present should have tried to reason with him, but no one did. Can we go so far as to say that men were compliant in the Massacre? Maybe. They took no action nor control, responding only to the orders from Lepine to leave the premises. Could it be that they approved of the killer? Could they be expected in a situation of such horror and magnitude, to try to stop one of their own, belonging to the ‘brotherhood of man’? Some manginas will say that they are unable to comprehend why no man has attempted to even talk Lepine out of his plan, they will go so far as to imply that this makes all men present at the time of the massacre complicit in Lepine's misogyny.


And what if...? Yes, what if many of the guys over there were fed up with feminists too, and secretly approved of the killer? Just as many women are secretly approving of Valerie Solanas and dreaming of exterminating men, if the guys at Polytechnique has similar fantasies, would it make them bad persons? We will come back later on the subject of trying to disarm a gunman empty handed in an other article we wrote on Cho Seung Hui. An interview with a Ju-Jutsu expert will show that it is not an easy thing to do, and that it is quite different to try to disarm someone holding a long gun than another using handguns. The most difficult is confronting someone with two guns, one in each hand.

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