After they left, I went outside to see what they had done. I saw a freshly-killed rabbit lying on the spot where the boys had been active. Its head had been bashed in with a now-bloody rock, with it lying within a foot of the rabbit.
I called the non-emergency number for the police department, reminding the female police officer how animal killers often become serial killers later in life. She took my information calmly, but when I mentioned that one of the boys was the son of a fire chief, she lost all interest. The boys never killed any more rabbits on my property, but they probably just found new hunting grounds.
Dave Cullen's book Columbine pointed out that the two psychopaths, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, should not be poster boys for gun control. Their primary objective was to kill thousands via propane bombs, with some left specifically for first responders. Luckily their incompetence at bomb building was surpassed only by their urge to kill, but their plan-B, shooting people, was horrible enough.
Cullen also noted that Harris and Klebold foretold their massacre in their behavior. Harris' "detailed attack sketches, with Napalm on the tank for his back" was only one of many clues to their psychopathic personalities. Klebold offered his "chilling 'emotion of God' story, presaging the murders in English class." Yet school authorities, not to mention their parents, did nothing.
Cullen continues to follow the story because a number of mass murderers idolized Harris and Klebold as "heroic champions of the downtrodden," because, as the myth goes, the poor boys were bullied and eventually cracked. In reality, however, they were neither bullied nor heroic.
One of the most famous cases of child murderers in the UK involved Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, a pair of ten-year-olds who murdered two-year-old James Bulger.
One would think British authorities would understand that Thompson and Venables are the British equivalent of Harris and Klebold, but ministers are considering the introduction of a law to permanently ban the media from identifying under-18 offenders.
The Just for Kids Law charity welcomed the recommendation, saying: "Being named and shamed for what they have done or accused of doing prevents them ever being able to move on."
Move on and kill someone else, they must have meant.
One wonders if Just for Kids Law appreciates the honesty of its history webpage which states: "Many of the problems in their lives -- exclusion from school, unstable housing, mental health problems -- remained unresolved." Especially the third one.
However, not everyone in the UK agrees with the government.
"Arguably communities do have a right to know the identity of, for example, a juvenile who commits a very serious, cruel crime at the age of 16 or 17, or who is a persistent offender, so people can be wary of them as adults," said Mark Hanna, journalism lecturer at the University of Sheffield.
"The idea of a blanket ban would be against any concept of open justice and the public's right to know and is a step too far," said Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors.
Adam Lanza wasn't a boy when he murdered 20 children between six and seven years old and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but his record as one clearly demonstrated his lethal potential.
"AL would write ten pages obsessing about battles, destruction and war. I have known 7th grade boys to talk about things like this, but AL's level of violence was disturbing. I remember showing the writings to the principal at the time, AL's creative writing was so graphic that it could not be shared," one of his teachers remembered.
Both of his diabolically clueless parents took him target shooting, the absolutely last thing that a monster in the making should have experienced.
Children who kill are psychopaths who won't grow out of it. They shouldn't be allowed to handle or possess firearms. And they shouldn't be allowed to change their names so they can hide.
The push from the left to normalize the mentally ill -- first homosexuals, then so-called transgenders, then pedophiles, and now psychopaths -- must be crushed. The left proposes absolute gun bans as the solution, but psychopaths will just become competent at bomb making.
We broke away from Great Britain for good reasons.