Virginia shooting: #NoLivesMatter to the angry narcissist among us

Vester Lee Flanagan II shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward because he, like so many others, suffered the pains of narcissism

Members of Black Lives Matter hijack a campaign event while Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stands nearby, bewildered. Photo by Elaine Thompson, Associated Press.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 – The insufferable bores of Black Lives Matter have provided plenty of entertainment this campaign season, with deferential, lily-white, guilt-ridden Democratic candidates for president surrendering their time or stages to the angry belligerents.

This has provided plenty of fodder for the media. New York Times opinionator Charles M. Blow says Black Lives Matter “is not an esoteric, intellectual debate about best practices, but quite literally a flesh and blood struggle for equal access to liberty and longevity.”

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Blow goes on to say, “The movement is revolutionary out of necessity. Some people operating under those auspices will inevitably employ tactics and select targets with which you disagree.”

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But the devices of the grievance-mongers, who demand the unattainable – perfect justice in an imperfect world – inspired a desperate and deranged man to employ “tactics” aimed at specific “targets” that he saw as stumbling blocks to building a social-justice utopia in America.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward
Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Vester Lee Flanagan II, an unemployed television newsman, shot and killed reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of television station WDBJ of Roanoke, Va.

The pair were on the air when Flanagan shot them to death. He later took his own life.

Flanagan was a former on-air reporter for WDBJ, fired because he could not control his anger.

He used a simple medium to announce the simple-minded motives stemming from his bottomless pit of grievance – Twitter: “Alison [Parker] made racist comments… Adam [Ward] went to HR [Human Resources] on me after working with me one time!!!”

Roanoke TV reporter, cameraman shot, killed on-air

In a manifesto faxed to ABC News, Flanagan claimed that last June’s church shooting in Charleston, S.C., where nine African-Americans were allegedly gunned down by an avowed white supremacist, was his motivation for murder.

To the mind of the perpetually aggrieved Flanagan, the unarmed reporters he murdered were as guilty as accused church shooter Dylan Roof.

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victim’s initials on them,” he wrote in his manifesto.

Flanagan rejected the idea that he was the problem, a gigantic pain-in-the-ass in the workplace and, instead, chalked up his vast human failings to racism.

Flanigan clearly suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which Psychology Today calls “arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration – all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative and demanding.”

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In describing the narcissistic darlings of Black Lives Matter, the Times’ Charles Blow writes, “It says to America: You will not dictate the parameters of my expression; you will not assign the grammar of my pain; you will not tell me how I should feel.”

But they, like Vester Lee Flanagan II, will most certainly tell you.

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