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The Neckbeard Menace: Pathetic Loser Ryan Palmeter’s Jacksonville Massacre

Posted on | August 27, 2023 | Comments Off on The Neckbeard Menace: Pathetic Loser Ryan Palmeter’s Jacksonville Massacre

After the news broke Saturday about a mass shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, it did not take long for officials to announce that the shooting was racially motivated, with the white gunman targeting black people — killing three — before shooting himself to death. In a press conference, Sheriff T.K. Waters held a press conference Saturday afternoon where he laid out the information:

Clay County Sheriff’s Office called JSO [Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office] at 11:39 a.m. Saturday letting them know the shooter was en route to Jacksonville, Waters said. At 1:18 p.m., the shooter called his father and told him to check his computer. The suspect’s family then called the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 1:53 p.m., Water said.
It was too late. The suspect had already walked into the store at 2161 Kings Road armed with a Glock and an AR-15 style rifle and wearing a tactical vest, Waters said at a 6:30 p.m. news conference Saturday. Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan, who also attended the news conference said the shooter’s rifle had swastikas on it.
“He wanted to kill [n-word]” Waters said adding that he wants the community to know exactly what happened. “That’s the one and only time I’m going to use that word,” he said.
The sheriff said the shooter authored several manifestos. “One to his parents, one to the media, and one to federal agents,” Waters said. “Portions of these manifestos detail the shooter’s disgusting ideology of hate. Plainly put … he hated Black people.”
The names of the victims have not been released. Waters said they are two males and one female.
The shooter had past run-ins with Clay County authorities including a domestic call in 2016 in which he wasn’t arrested and a Baker Act in 2017. Waters said there is no information that the shooter acted as part of any larger group and he acted alone.
“I’m heartbroken,” Deegan said. “This is a community that has suffered again and again. We must do everything to dissuade this type of hate.”
Sherri Onks, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Jacksonville Field Office, also attended the Saturday news conference. She said her office is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. . . .
“Hate crimes are always and will always remain a top priority for the FBI because they are not only an attack on a victim but they are meant to threaten and intimidate an entire community,” Onks said.

Now, there are several key points to work out here, but before we get to that, it’s important to mention that the sheriff did not name the shooter. Credit for identifying the gunman goes to WJAX-TV reporter Jake Stofan, who named the shooter as 21-year-old Ryan Palmeter.

Once the suspect’s name was reported, the always helpful Jessica McBride of took the ball and ran with it, giving the killer’s full name as Ryan Christopher Palmeter and identifying him as living at his parents home on Timbermill Lane, which is part of the Oakleaf Plantation development in Clay County, which sits between Jacksonville (to the northeast) and Starke (to the southwest). According to Wikipedia, Clay County has the third-highest median household income of any Florida county. McBride reported that Palmeter’s mother, age 62, is employed by the University of Florida, working in “billing compliance” for the university health system. Both parents are Democrats — the father is an outspoken “anti-MAGA” type on Twitter — but Ryan Palmeter registered as a Republican. However, most crucially:

  • In 2016, there was some kind of “domestic” situation involving Ryan Palmeter, who was only 14 at the time, but this did not result in an arrest.
  • A year later, in 2017 when Ryan was 15, he was involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation under the Baker Act.
  • Ryan’s parents were sufficiently aware of their son’s potential for violence that they called 911 to warn police that he was heading to Jacksonville.

In other words, Ryan Palmeter was a known threat to public safety, with a documented history of mental health troubles. An important question is how he acquired his weapons, since someone with a Baker Act commitment on their record should not have been legally permitted to purchase firearms. It may be that, because that incident happened when Ryan was only 15, it was not entered into the relevant database.

Most importantly, however, Ryan Palmeter was a neckbeard, which has several definitions on Urban Dictionary, e.g.:

A man who feels entitled to love despite being extremely unattractive and undesirable to women. They tend to have terrible hygiene, extreme political opinions, and hatred towards women. Interchangable with incel.

Elsewhere in Urban Dictionary, there are references to “the average neckbeard . . . playing World of Warcraft in their mother’s basement.” In other words, they’re socially inept and spend more time playing video games than doing anything that might actually improve their lives.

One hates to resort to simplistic stereotypes — especially considering that stereotypes are usually a key component of any “ideology of hate” — but how many times do we have to see the same pattern repeated?

Elliot Rodger, Alek Minassian, Scott Beierle — the list could be extended much further, but the point is that socially inept and/or sexually frustrated young men of this type keep turning up as the perpetrators of violent atrocities like this senseless murder spree in Jacksonville. It is ridiculous to turn this incident into an excuse to denounce “hate” in a generic way, to use a broad-brush approach that converts one kook’s crime into an excuse to censor anyone who expresses disagreement with the Liberal Consensus Opinion on race (or “gender” or anything else).

While we have not yet seen Ryan Palmeter’s “manifesto,” let’s just ask: Were his actions rational? Supposing that he wanted to do something to advance the cause of “white supremacy,” exactly what did he accomplish by killing three random black people at a Dollar General store?

To put this death toll into perspective: So far this year, 394 people have been shot to death in Chicago, with about 80% of the victims being black. In other words, during the first eight months of this year, ordinary street crime in Chicago has killed about 100 times as many black people as did this pathetic neckbeard loser in Florida. Ryan Palmeter’s crime has to be seen as an act of despair, the suicidal misfit’s misguided attempt to make some sort of Grand Gesture in his final act of violence.

Hey, kids, let the old man tell you something: Don’t ever do this.

If you decide that your life is so ruined and hopeless that you want to commit suicide, well, that’s bad. But don’t kill a bunch of random people before killing yourself in an attempt to make your death “significant.” And for God’s sake, if you’re ever tempted to write a “manifesto,” stop to ask yourself why your life took such a wrong turn, and whether your problems are really all your own fault. Because guess what?

We’re all going to blame you, anyway. Fucking loser.



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