Jared Lee Loughner's YouTube Videos Reveal Possible Shooting Motives

Jared Lee Loughner's YouTube Videos Reveal Possible Shooting Motives


I think it’s pretty clear that the shooting of Dem Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords earlier today by Jared Lee Loughner was politically motivated.

Watch the videos he made.

The first deals with his twisted, nearly incomprehensible thoughts on currency and government control…

The second reveals a lot more. Apparently he is (or was) a military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix, talks a bit about terrorism, talks about the Constitution, calls the current laws treasonous, and then says the government is involved in mind control.

Also, it looks like he had another YouTube account and the following was posted on one of the videos….

If there’s no flag in the constitution then the flag in the film is unknown.
There’s no flag in the constitution.
Therefore, the flag in the film is unknown.
Burn every new and old flag that you see.
Burn your flag!
I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed.
Watch this protest in reverse!
Ask the local police; “What’s your illegal activity on duty?”.
If you protest the government then there’s a new government from protesting.
There’s not a new government from protesting.
Thus, you aren’t protesting the government.
There’s something important in this video: There’s no communication to anyone in this location.
You shouldn’t be afraid of the stars.
There’s a new bird on my right shoulder. The beak is two feet and lime green. The rarest bird on earth, there’s no feathers, but small grey scales all over the body. It’s with one large red eye with a light blue iris. The bird feet are the same as a woodpecker. This new bird and there’s only one, the gender is not female or male. The wings of this bird are beautiful; 3 feet wide with the shape of a bald eagle that you could die for. If you can see this bird then you will understand. You think this bird is able to chat about a government?
I want you to imagine a comet or meteoroid coming through the atmosphere.
On the other hand, welcome yourself to the desert: Maybe your ability to protest is from the brainwash of the current government structure.

And here’s the video…

More as it develops…

  • Rich Horton

    All the incoherent babble about “grammar” points to some exposure to deconstructionism. (Incoherence being a central feature of deconstructionism.)

  • Rich Horton

    Did you see this video (from the same account) going on about how some Cummunity College is “unconstitutional” because they (the college) had him removed from campus? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhAx8WzNJT0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    This guy is a loon.

  • kranky kritter

    I looked at all this stuff myself earlier today. Personally, I don’t think it’s especially useful to think of this as a politically motivated act. Not if we’re thinking of Loughner’s motivation as something based on sane reasoning.

    This guy quite closely fits the profile of the kind of disturbed alienated young male adult loser who does this kind of thing. And I find it much easier to get a handle on the people who take such actions by looking at it from the perspective of mental disturbance.

    Which of the following two “explanations” makes more sense:

    • Loughner undertook these actions because his mind was poisoned by anti-government rhetoric.

    • Loughner undertook these actions because he was a borderline personality who fell through the cracks of America’s cultural safety nets into isolation, and took violent action after a precipitating event where he felt deeply wronged by authority.

    IMO, even if you think the first explanation has something to it, the 2nd one is a more useful explanation.

    His writing are incoherent. They suggest that he recently had some sort of serious falling out at Pima Community College. Most likely, he has slowly fallen into young adult isolation after leaving the structured environment he used to get before he became an adult. There has probably been a pattern of problem with authority that has escalated over time, as he became less and less able to cope mentally. That’s how it goes.

    As a culture, we’d do much better at coming up with solutions for JL Laughners of the word if we set aside politics and focused on the great difficulties that various sorts of borderline personalities face as they reach adulthood. They lack social skills, they often have impulse and anger control issues, and they are frequently unable to cope when they become adults and are expected to operate independently.