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 What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings

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PostSubject: What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings   Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:09 pm

Not in terms of death total/body count, but in terms of how we perceive the killers is that, even though Eric and Dylan were full of hatred and violent intentions by the time they executed NBK, they weren't completely socially inept/abnormal. They weren't long removed from being functioning teenagers. Sure they were weird to the mainstream people at their school, but I think the most chilling school shootings occur when you have someone like Adam Lanza or the VT shooter triggering it who are so socially inept and seemingly inhuman that their presence alone gives you chills.

Eric and Dylan were laughing and cracking crude jokes while carrying out their executions, but if they weren't holding weapons, you would probably just roll your eyes at them and wish they'd stop rambling about being gods. I'd be far more terrified of someone like Lanza walking in robotically with that blank stare on his face and the shaky eyes while opening fire.


You know what I mean? I'm not trying to downplay how tragic all of these school shootings are, but for me personally, it always sends a chill down my spine when it's the kid you know absolutely nothing about who doesn't even behave anything like a normal teen whatsoever.


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PostSubject: Re: What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings   Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:13 pm

I think you could also make the point that this makes the Columbine massacre more scary.

I definitely don't think either killers behaved normally, though, especially in the year before they murdered people.
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PostSubject: Re: What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings   Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:57 pm

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I think you could also make the point that this makes the Columbine massacre more scary.

I definitely don't think either killers behaved normally, though, especially in the year before they murdered people.


Yeah well when I was in HS back in the day, I was much more terrified of the Adam Lanza types. THOSE are the guys you immediately think have been bullied so much and/or abused at home that they're ticking time bombs to whom basically nobody can relate.


At least Eric and Dylan were chilling with girls at prom and after parties shortly before they went bananas. Eric and Dylan wouldn't have scared me in the slightest. They would have come off as action movie wannabes.
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PostSubject: Re: What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings   Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 pm

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I think you could also make the point that this makes the Columbine massacre more scary.

I definitely don't think either killers behaved normally, though, especially in the year before they murdered people.


Yeah well when I was in HS back in the day, I was much more terrified of the Adam Lanza types. THOSE are the guys you immediately think have been bullied so much and/or abused at home that they're ticking time bombs to whom basically nobody can relate.


At least Eric and Dylan were chilling with girls at prom and after parties shortly before they went bananas. Eric and Dylan wouldn't have scared me in the slightest. They would have come off as action movie wannabes.

I've always thought that Adam Lanza's "Well, you're here." was among the most chilling quotes from mass-murderers. It's a simple statement that shouldn't be that threatening on its own, but having heard his call to the Anarchy radio station, the thought of him saying that to a first-grader in his monotone, emotionless voice before immediately shooting them is far worse than any of the other quotes I've heard. There was truly something about him that was just naturally unnerving.
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PostSubject: Re: What I think made Columbine less "scary" than some other shootings   Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:58 am

Someone like Lanza or Cho would have been scary because of their blank faces and robotic actions but if I were to have known Eric or Dylan even on an acquaintance level and had spent time with them listening to their jokes or at the prom after party just to watch them kill people I knew days later...that would be scary. Eric and Dylan acted pretty much normal right up until the 20. I cannot imagine being them at school on the 19 acting like everything was fine all the while knowing that tomorrow they were going to blow the place up.

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