Much will be said of the Chattanooga-shooters high school year book quote, “my name causes national security alerts, what does yours do?”. If pundits aren’t enthralled in a search for hidden meaning behind those words they soon will be.
Was it a cry for help?
A clue as to what he planned to do someday?
It was none of those. In fact, the only thing his quote really and truly indicates is that while in high school he was well versed in snarky progressive ideology. Reconsider his statement in two parts:
“My name causes national security alerts”. That part of his statement hints at racism and bigotry. His name, after all, is of a different ethnicity than that of most Americans. And he pretends it “causes” something bad — a national security alert. Why would it do that? Because of George W Bush and his war.
“What does yours do”. Four words that could have been lifted from Jon Stewart, Tosh 2.0, Bill Maher, or Saturday Night Live scripts. It’s the snark, the smart-alecky piece designed to make like minded
In short, the guy that shot up Chattanooga was — like a great many of these shooters — a progressive living in a progressive town. (For those unaware, Chattanooga is a liberal city).