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Crazy People Are Dangerous

Posted on | November 29, 2015 | 132 Comments

 

Aloof. Angry. Alienated. Robert Lewis Dear Jr. was a dangerous kook, who inspired fear among his neighbors in North Carolina:

“He was the kind of person you had to watch out for,” one neighbor said. “He was a very weird individual. It’s hard to explain, but he had a weird look in his eye most of the time.” . . .
In Anderson Acres, neighbors said they recognized Dear from television news coverage of Friday’s shootings, in which police said he killed three people, including a police officer, and wounded nine others. They said he looked more beaten down than the last time they had seen him, and that his beard was new — but that he was the same aloof, angry man they remembered. . . .
“He complained about everything,” said another neighbor who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying that he feared for his security. “He said he worked with the government, and everybody was out to get him, and he knew the secrets of the U.S.A. He said, ‘Nobody touch me, because I’ve got enough information to put the whole U.S. of A in danger.’ It was very crazy.” . . .
“He was weird. Everyone kept an eye on him.” . . .
“He was really tightly wound. You could see that from the stress on his face, from the way he acted.”

The paranoid weirdo had a record of frightening behavior:

He had a history of run-ins with neighbors and police, including arrests for alleged cruelty to animals and allegedly being a “peeping Tom.” He was not convicted in either case.
Pamela Ross . . . was married to Dear nearly 20 years ago. . . .
Dear’s problems with the law date to 1997, when his then-wife reported to police that Dear had assaulted her, according to reports filed with the sheriff’s office in Colleton County, S.C., where Dear lived at the time. She declined to file charges against him but told police she reported the incident because she “wanted something on record.”
Colleton County police released reports of at least seven other episodes in which Dear . . . had disputes or physical altercations with neighbors or other residents. . . .
In May 2002, a woman who lived next door to Dear in Walterboro, in Colleton County, complained to police that Dear had been “making unwanted advancements” toward her since she and her husband had moved in a year earlier.
The woman told police that she had seen Dear hiding in the bushes next to their house at 5:30 a.m. She “heard her guard dog barking and saw Mr. Dear looking into her house.” . . .
[In North Carolina, another] neighbor said that Dear would carry a stick as he rode his trail bike, and he would slow down and try to bait dogs in the area. He also said that Dear swung the stick at his dog several times.
The neighbors said that Dear’s behavior seemed to change last year, and he seemed angrier.
“The last time I saw him, I waved and smiled. He just stared and glared back at me. It was disconcerting,” one said.

Cruelty to animals, incidentally, indicates a high risk of psychopathic disorder. So, how did this scary nutjob — who had so frequently come to the attention of law enforcement in South Carolina and North Carolina — make his way to Colorado?

Dear moved to Colorado last year, when he bought a five-acre plot of land in Hartsel, about 40 miles west of Colorado Springs, according to Jim Anderson, the real estate agent who brokered the deal. The previous owner said that Dear paid $6,000 for the vacant land.
“He said he wanted a cheap piece of land to put a camper on,” Anderson said. . . .
Anderson also said that Dear arrived with a woman, but he did not know her name. Colorado records show that Stephanie Michelle Bragg was registered to vote at the same address earlier this year.
Her ex-husband, Michael Bragg, said she moved to Colorado with Dear about a year ago. Michael Bragg said he had two daughters, ages 19 and 15, with Stephanie Bragg, who had worked as a waitress at a Waffle House. Bragg said he believed that his ex-wife met Dear online.

Great. A divorced Waffle House waitress goes online looking for love and finds this weirdo loner. This connection somehow leads him to Colorado and now three people are dead. How many times have I warned against “online dating”? Not often enough maybe. But I have repeatedly warned that Crazy People Are Dangerous:

You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You’re not even supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair.

That was my warning in July after Tyrelle Shaw, a/k/a “Mr. Talented,” was arrested for a series of attacks on Asian women. I issued similar warnings in connection with Dallas shooter James Boulware, mass murderer Aaron Alexis, psychotic professor Deborah Frisch, notorious stalker Diana Napolis (a/k/a “Curio Jones) and many other similar cases. Our society has been persuaded by liberals that the demented and deranged should never be criticized because criticism might hurt their feelings. Wackos and lunatics are very sensitive people, we are required to believe, and deserve our sympathy. We should never be afraid of these psychotic misfits, according to liberals who are eager to convince us that maladjusted loners are perfectly harmless.

Liberals tell us it is heartless and “mean-spirited” to suggest that public safety would be best served if mentally ill people with histories of dangerous behavior were locked up in psychiatric wards. Americans are told that it’s OK to let delusional and antisocial freaks roam around free in our society, because what could possibly go wrong?

When one of these dangerous kooks who roam among us finally commits an act of crazy violence, however, liberals quickly rush to tell us that his insane actions have some kind of political significance and that the proper response to this atrocity is — wait for it — more liberalism. Another crazy killer, therefore, vote Democrat!

Liberalism would be laughable, if it were not so deadly.





 

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  • Ronald J. Ward

    The NRA kowtows more to gun manufacturers. Again, the argument is about background checks to keep guns out of known criminals and people with mental problems. Most people agree with that. Even the NRA agreed with up until, Obama.

    Public sector unions do not use tax dollars in their campaigns. They can only use PAC money for such purposes.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Public sector unions do not use tax dollars in their campaigns.

    I’m sorry, but that is just not true.

    There’s the NEA, that’s the best known. There’s the American Federation of State/County/Municipal Employees, I think it gives the most. There’s a whole raft of others. Now I know enough about accounting to know that that technically tax dollars aren’t directly involved, but practically that government funding frees up other money that then can go to political donations.

  • Daniel Freeman

    No, you’re still an ignorant fool with superstitious fantasies that a little bit more gun control will finally do the trick; and he’s still the fact-based rational interlocutor.

  • Daniel Freeman

    Law #3: SJWs always project.

  • Daniel Freeman

    I’m a swing voter, registered Democrat, and gun non-owner. And even I think you’re full of isht.

  • Daniel Freeman

    Actually, the left has put much more effort into dealing with it while the right seems less interested in criminals with guns.

    Wow, you’re delusional. Bet you’re against stop-and-frisk too.

  • Daniel Freeman

    When someone is demonstrably persistent and has a clear agenda, the slippery slope is not a fallacy.

  • Daniel Freeman

    I suspect it is an example of agree and amplify, which is an excellent rhetorical technique. It doesn’t even matter if he’s serious, since putting a number on it would force eugenicists to debate the goal, strategies and techniques.

  • Ronald J. Ward

    You sling sophomoric insults while rebutting nothing of substance.

  • Ronald J. Ward

    I should have known better than to step into a distraction of the gun argument.
    It is true that federal law and some state laws prohibit unions from using dues dollars to make contributions to political campaigns. That’s why unions have political action committees (PAC). Contributions to PACs are voluntary.
    That’s just a fact.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Money and public sector unions are completely different topics from gun control. I’d find it easier to take public sector unions seriously if they took NO government funding and if membership and/or contributions were not mandatory. Freedom of association includes the freedom not to associate.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Since it’s come up again, here’s my solution for campaign finance reform.

    1. Only voters registered in the election area can contribute. If you are registered in Kansas, you can’t contribute to a campaign in Florida. And yes, I know this would eliminate the power of the national parties and PACs and Emily’s List and a whole index of others. Registered voters only.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    2. All donations must be permanently and publicly disclosed before the election. No secret contributors or friends of friends or bundlers doing it on behalf of someone else.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    3. Any unused funds must be returned proportionately to all contributors within days after the elections. No more “war chests,” no more lobbyists with deep pockets, and no more carrying money from one election to another.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    Of course, none of this has anything to do with gun control, but it does have everything to do with politics. Politics is controlling other people through the force of law.

    An armed and determined populace is one of the best defenses against politics there is. Throw in jury nullification and you have a pretty good basic defense against ever-growing government power.

    Which is one of the few vital issues that I and most conservatives agree on, an expanding government is a Really REALLY Bad Thing and Government Is Not Your Friend.

  • Ronald J. Ward

    You give an example of precisely what’s wrong with today’s so-called conservatives. Rather than fix or repair, they advocate a riddance.

    They scream end the IRS which isn’t possible (yes you can rename it or make it smaller but you cannot end it)
    And the list goes on from labor unions to the EPA and on and on up to and including government itself. Its just simply ludicrous. Don’t correct it, just end it.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    I don’t agree with liberals or conservatives. That’s what makes me so fun at parties.

    Of course it’s possible to end the IRS. It didn’t come from nowhere. I will say that the IRS makes it easier to fund an ever expanding government, but we’re not staying in the budget now.

    I’m all for correcting it. But I’m not for government, I’m for freedom. We can do things better without government regulations and useless laws, and we can do it cheaper without silly taxes.

    Much of government today is because of what government did yesterday. People building in flood plains is a really bad idea, yet we have Federal insurance for that. People buying homes they can’t afford is a bad idea, yet the Federal government mandated it (disastrously) twice before and is about to do it again. Mandating ethanol drives up the price of feed corn, beef, pork, dairy, and assorted food crops, yet the FedGovs do that. Not to mention that ethanol is much more volatile, costs much more, and can’t be easily transported or stored.

    Don’t you see? American government has spent 150 years picking up the pieces from one government created disaster after another. Always the answer is MORE government, MORE taxes, MORE liberty lost. All for the “greater good.” All “for the sake of the children.” All to “make a better tomorrow.”

    More government doesn’t work. It’s time to try less government and more freedom and responsibility.

  • Ronald J. Ward

    I understand your frusrations with bailing out flood victims and home mortgage holders but you are again targeting areas of government not appealing to you as a validation to end it.

    You cannot collect taxes if you have no tax collection agency in place. You cannot allocate those funds with out a body in place to do so.

    To be clear, we will have a government. It will be either one elected by the people or otherwise but we will have a government.

    With no government or an elimination of government there would be no tax collection and ultimately no military to prevent another government from taking over.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    *grins*

    You did walk into that one, fella.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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