Last night, George Sodini entered his fitness club outside Pittsburgh with two guns in a gym bag and a mission to kill women. I would say “woman,” since his (currently unidentified) ex-girlfriend was among the wounded, but he didn’t go after her specifically. Instead, he entered an aerobics studio and opened fire on the several dozen women he found there. He killed three women and injured nine more before apparently shooting himself.
Good riddance to him.
Sodini had apparently been planning an attack at the gym for months, and had already attempted the crime back in January before he lost his nerve. In a blog found by police, the woman-murderer wrote:
Why do this? To young girls? Just read below.
Full details of the journal have not yet been released, but this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicates that it contained hateful screeds against many people he knew, and contained no small amount of anti-women bile. THEY ARE SO PRETTY. HOW DARE THEY NOT FUCK HIM? And yet it also questions whether Sodini was specifically targeting women.
I’m tempted to call up Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler for a “REALLY?!?!” segment, but a) it’s not funny, not in the least; and b) you can decide for yourself, by reading little from his blog. “Hoes” and “bitches.” “30 million women” have rejected him. But Jesus will forgive him slaughtering women, and he has ample reasons–I mean, if unwanted celibacy isn’t justification for mass murder, what is?–so it’s all good.
Sodini (unfortunately) can’t be punished for his crime, but I’m hopeful that this latest tragedy will be added to all the other sex-biased crimes already documented by Casey Gwinn (read a little bit on those here), and might even help people recognize the pattern of violence against women and the patriarchal poison that drives “low-status” men to act out against them behind it. Well, I’m sorta hopeful.
I am, however, more fearful that we’ll hear that “More Guns!” is the answer to this sort of problem. (If only one-a them gals had been packing heat in CardioFunk II, this never woulda happened…) And then we’ll be reading some variation of this story in another couple of months.