The Murder of Innocence
Updated: May 1
On Monday, a 28-year-old woman who identifies as a male walked into a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, with two rifles and a gun, and proceeded to kill 6 people - 3 nine-year old students and 3 teachers/administrators.
Predictably, many people on the left automatically blamed the guns for the shooting and are calling for stricter gun control laws to stop these tragedies. Likewise, the people on the right are defending the right to bear arms, and claim that if there were better security at schools, these tragic events would stop happening. Very few people who are exploiting this tragedy to advocate for their political positions, actually care about the people who died. The ones who are screaming the loudest, usually care the least. They get so caught up in their ideology after a tragedy like this that they cannot see their own hypocrisy. One of the major concerns in the mainstream media was making sure that they correctly identified the gender of the person who just murdered 6 people, as if that was the real tragedy here.
This tragedy brings to light the increase in the number of trans people who are committing these types of atrocities. In the last five years, four people who identify as trans or non-binary have committed a mass shooting; the Colorado Springs shooter identified as non-binary; the Denver shooter identified as trans; the Aberdeen shooter identified as trans; and now the Nashville shooter identified as trans. Why has there suddenly been an increase in these shootings by trans and non-binary people? A 2022 study found that youth who identify as transgender are at the highest risk of “violent radicalization,” and the rhetoric coming from the trans community is getting more violent every day.
The trans community believe that anybody who doesn’t buy into their ideology are committing an act of violence against them. They will even make the charge of “genocide”. When someone refers to a trans-person by their name given to them at birth, they accuse them of “dead-naming” the person. To them, not affirming someone’s self-ascribed gender identity is akin to murdering them. So, if you are a murderer, if you promote genocide, then the people in the trans community would be within their rights to commit violence against you.
This is revealed in their response to this mass murder. The Trans Resistance Network (TRN) blamed “right-wingers” and Christians for this school shooting. They also wrote that "anti-trans hate" has "consequences". On Friday, the Trans community is holding what they call a “Trans Day of Vengeance” which promotes violence against people who disagree with their ideology. And in recent years, gun groups called “Rainbow Reload” and the “Pink Pistols” have formed, comprised of members of the LGBTQ community who want to protect themselves from the violence from anti-LGBTQ groups that the left-wing media keeps talking about, but rarely produces examples of. This is not exclusive to the trans community. On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs’ spokeswoman, Josselyn Berry, tweeted a GIF, glorifying the murder of people who do not agree with her on the trans agenda.
But it is logical. The media has vilified Conservatives and Christians for trying to protect children from this radical ideology from infecting their young brains. The left-wing media misrepresented Florida’s bill which prevents the teaching of Radical Gender Ideology to 6 and 7-year-olds as “homophobic”, falsely calling it the “don’t say gay” bill. They also claim that if you are against drag shows for kids that you want to criminalize drag shows all together. They falsely claim that removing pornographic books from elementary school libraries is banning books like Hitler did. Both sides tend to misrepresent the other side’s positions to win political points, but to do it to corrupt and sexualize little children, is a special kind of evil.
We are living in a society that has been redefining what is right and what is wrong. And maybe that is the reason why these things continue to happen. When you continually blur the lines between right and wrong, it becomes much easier to step across that line. It almost feels right to step across the line. All the school shooters have one thing in common, none of them had a clear sense of right and wrong when they committed their mass murders. No rational or reasonable person would ever believe that committing a mass murder is good for themselves or good for society.
But we are living in a psychologically confusing time due to the politicalization of our disorders. Many disorders are being reframed as a civil rights issue. We have the “body positive” movement which tells a person who is 200 pounds overweight that they are beautiful and their body is perfect just as it is, and if we suggest that it may be better for that person whose heart is about to explode to eat a salad instead of a double cheeseburger then we are “body shaming” them. We are oppressing them. We are the bigots.
But on the other hand, when it comes to gender dysphoria, not only is it okay to body shame the person, that is part of the treatment protocol. We must agree that they were born in the “wrong body”. We must affirm their dysphoria. We must shame their birth, shame their body to the extent that we encourage and even enable the mutilation of their “wrong body” to make it “right”. A teen or a young adult sees a medical professional because they feel uncomfortable as their body goes through puberty, and instead of affirming their physical bodies like is done with people who are grossly overweight, the medical professional affirms their dysphoria and recommends carving up their bodies.
This woman bought the lie that she could become a man, and that she was right and special to do so. But in reality, there is no way that she could ever become a man. We would have to stack a bunch of lies on top of her delusion for her to believe she actually had a man’s body. She has been repeatedly told by the medical professionals that the body she was born into was “wrong”, but when she realized that the body she was transitioning into was totally inadequate, she was left in no man’s land. Gender dysphoric people need the body positive message the most. They need to be affirmed that the body they were born into is the right and beautiful one, not the “wrong” one.
Why then did she target a Christian school and not all the doctors and the institutions who have wrongfully affirmed her dysphoria over the years? Obviously, going down the transition path amplified her mental illness and did not alleviate it. If she did transition to male, and was still severely unhappy to the point that she wanted to kill people, why was the Christian school targeted, and not the medical community who sold her the lie? Maybe because, for years, her brain has been inundated with left-wing media, who continually repeat the lie that Christians who do not blindly affirm someone’s gender dysphoria are a threat to them.
Friends of the shooter claim that they knew she was suicidal in the past. And that is the main issue with the whole trans movement. Gender dysphoria is a severe psychological condition that needs to be treated on all levels, and not just the superficial level of the body. She was a suicidal person who may have been taking her suicidal thoughts out on her own body, and that is why she was transitioning – she wanted to kill her old self, and magically create a new one. The medical professionals, instead of treating the deep down, underlying psychological condition which produced her suicidal thoughts, believed the best thing to do was help her change her body – treat the symptom and not the underlying cause.
The question I have is, even if she deemed the Christian school to be wrong, to be evil, why did she kill three 9-year-olds? What was the purpose of that? If she believed that the school was evil, it may make sense to her convoluted mind to target the teachers and administrators, but why target nine-year-old students? Why target the fellow victims of the evil school? How could anyone look at a 9-year-old girl, brimming with innocence, and pull the trigger to end her life? As adults, we should be protecting children, not destroying them. And the fact that this member of the LGBTQ community targeted little children in her attack gives a glimpse as to what they are all about. They are not about freedom and rights as they claim; they are about the destruction of the innocent.
We have seen over the course of the last three or four years with Radical Gender Ideology pushing further and further into our schools – teaching LGBTQ ideology to first graders, putting pornographic books into elementary school libraries and forcing drag queens into second and third grade classrooms. The radical gender ideologues hate the innocent. They want to corrupt the innocent. They want to destroy the innocent. They cannot allow the innocence to live for even a short period of time. They have to kill the innocent, because they cannot come to grips with their own lost innocence so the innocent becomes their enemy.
Maybe that, more than anything else, is the underlying reason for these mass shootings continually occurring in schools. The schools are where the innocent resides. And the innocent must be destroyed. Young children represent the innocence that the shooters lost, that they know will never come back to them, that they hate, and hate about themselves, because they no longer have that innocence. Life was more peaceful and just and loving and caring and blissful when they had their innocence. And now that it is lost to them, they hate when they see it in others. That is why there are so many people in the LGBTQ community who want to sexualize young children, steal their innocence, not allow them to be little kids for that short precious time of their lives. They feel the need to inject their corrupted worldview and lifestyle on the innocent. This shooting was not an attack on Conservatives. It was not attack on Christianity. It was a frontal assault on innocence.
Maybe their own inevitable loss of innocence that manifested at the onset of puberty is the reason why many of the trans identifying people are trans in the first place. Maybe it is an internal longing for the innocence of the time of their lives, when the physical differences between boys and girls was barely noticeable, and when everyone appeared somewhat non-binary – that magical time before puberty disrupted everything. The real world, the adult world, the world that consists of men and women is a scary and flawed place. Maybe these people try to change their bodies in a vain attempt to regain their lost innocence of their prepubescent youth, but when they realize their innocence cannot be regained, they lash out at the innocent. They need to destroy the innocent, and they will do so by corrupting or even murdering the innocent, as we saw on Monday.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.