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Seattle Pacific University Shooting

Updated on June 7, 2014

Arron R Ybarra

Arron R Ybarra Seattle Pacific University Shooter
Arron R Ybarra Seattle Pacific University Shooter


Police at Seattle Pacific University
Police at Seattle Pacific University

Aaron R. Ybarra

Arron R. Ybarra, what this man has done is truly an unspeakable act of hate. Not in the form of race, religion, etc. but he truly just hated his fellow students. I mean this guy comes out of no where and begins blasting random students. Their was a time when people did these kind of things to seek revenge on particular individuals. This was still just so wrong but at least there was rhyme to the reason. I mean one thing that makes people less scary is when they do a crime and we understand why they did it. It does leave mystery and unanswered questions. The truly scary thing begins when we are fully left in the dark about someone's reasons. When someone's intentions are not obvious and seem unexplained fear begins to run through our minds. It's not the fear of what he did, it's the fear of never knowing what random thing is waiting around the corner. It's the idea of no matter what we do or where we are something horrible could happen at any minute. If dwelled on this notion is maddening.

Seattle Pacific University cops running in

Seattle Pacific University cops running into school
Seattle Pacific University cops running into school

The Madness of no motive

Imagine constantly worrying about your next step. Imagine how terrifying it would be if the Taliban didn't tell us their reason for murder. Imagine if they just blew themselves up to kill others and we didn't know why. They would be the scariest enemy on the planet. If it wasn't "in the name of god" we'd be wondering what could possibly drive someone to do these crazy things. Fortunately, that isn't the case. When we get someone who has no prior crimes on their record and hasn't even had a misdemeanor it really is confusing. One of this boys friends said he was in shock that this happened "He just asked me if I wanted to go fishing." That was the day this all happened so what was his plan their. Was he going to kill his friend on a boat. What was going through this guys head is what makes him so scary. The don't know is always scarier then the know, even when the know may be horrifying. I recently wrote an article on the Slender Man stabbings ( and what had happened here was creepy to say the least. 2 twelve year old girls stab another twelve year old girl that was their friend. This is creepy but they gave a reason. They wanted to be able to be a proxie with Slender Man, one of his disciples in a sense. The way they were going to reach his world was through murdering their friend. This is sick, but it has an answer. It doesn't leave us wondering "what caused this?" Yes, the reason may not be much and on top of that there isn't a whole lot of analysis on the actual mental issues these girls must have. Still we have a reason. With Aaron Ybarra we are left with questions as we usually are when something like this happens.

Jon Meis Hero

Seattle Pacific University savior Jon Meis
Seattle Pacific University savior Jon Meis

Jon Meis Hero

Jon Meis a hero

Jon Meis, this man is a real hero. He saves the lives of many students. This man didn't just run and save himself and a lot of credit is owed to this man. Seattle Pacific University student building monitor deserves to called a hero. This man tackled the campus gunman, Arron Ybarra, who opened fire without warning. Arron Ybarra killed one and wounded three others. sprayed the gunman as he went to reload his gun after the initial round of shooting. Meis put the shooter into a chokehold and was joined by other students who rushed the man. All of these student are heroes but the most credit must be given to Jon Meis. The Seattle Times said without Meis' quick action, there could have been more victims because police found additional shotgun rounds and a knife at the scene. This man brought a shotgun to school. He brought many round of ammunition to take out students. Again, we are left in the dark about the guys intentions. What could truly cause someone to do this and what would have happened if not for Jon Meis. This shooter would have claimed so many lives that day. The fact that only one person was hurt is a real miracle. In fact, this shooting is a rarity. In most school shootings, there are a number of dead tallied on the board. This was a rare and fortunate turn of events. Thank to Jon Meis, many of the students and families of the students should be grateful. Without his act of heroism many families would be distraught right now with the loss of there child. Really this was suppose to be one of the last days of the school year where these students should have been celebrating. There shouldn't have been a shooting. Another weird part of the story and again probably the creepiest part is that out of all the friends that have been interviewed no one can give any insight to the motives. Everyone who has spoken about Aaron say that he was a great guy or a really good friend. This was a guy who was liked by many and had a lot of friends. He was considered to be an extremely kind person. This is baffling. For some reason the descriptions of the people who commit these crimes are usually similar. This ones a little different though because this guy was liked by so many people.

Seattle Pacific University causalities

Seattle Pacific University 1 dead 3 injured
Seattle Pacific University 1 dead 3 injured

Is there any motive at all

One of the scariest things associated with this whole thing is the fact that there isn't even a trace of motive. In a lot of these killings, there are often motives like bullying and revenge (this happened in Columbine). I think bullying and revenge is probably one of the strongest factors that causes these things to happen. A side not to bullies, be careful who you pick on. Bullying can be very hard on someone and it can cause people who are having a difficult time being stable to have outburst and lead to physical negative consequences. This doesn't appear to be the case in this instance. There are times when someone goes crazy over a break up. (This happened in Virginia Tech) A guy just loses the girl he loves, doesn't feel like he wants to live and maybe felt like this happened because of another guy. Whatever the reason is, it can lead to craziness and a mass killing. How about the just crazy people like the one guy in Aurora Colorado. He wanted to be like the Joker so he though why don't I kill a bunch of people in the movie theater during the opening night of Batman. How crazy is that, this guy literally comes in looking like The Joker and decides to lock the doors and blow away a bunch of innocent people who are literally just watching a movie. They have no idea this is even about to happen to them. These reasons are all crazy to impractical. No matter what the reason has been these mass killings have been tragedies in every account. Though, wasn't there something to feel relief about when we learnt there motives. Without understanding what pushes someone to do something we are left in the dark. Even the dumbest of reasons give us level of relief. As bad as this Arron Ybarra is, he has made everything worse by leaving us with no reasons for the crimes he has committed. Now we are left with only questions.

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    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you for the comment Alicia and yes truly horrifying.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your facts and analysis of the events, Joe. I agree with you - every shooting that you have described was a horrible tragedy, but there is something especially frightening about not being able to figure out a motive.

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you Dana and yes I hate to think that it could all end if I'm just in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's freaky.

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      It is creepier when you have no answer to someone's reasoning. It makes this world even more scarier when you realize that people are killing for no reason or no reason you can understand. We just go about our daily lives oblivious to the fact we cannot discern what is in the mind of others. all it takes for it to be someone else and not you is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good article joedolphin88

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Sadly, without knowing motives, we are stuck wondering why and its harder to figure out what to do to prevent it.

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      4 years ago

      Another unspeakable tragedy occurs. When will this insanity ever end?

    • joedolphin88 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Absolutely, I began to run on a bit so I'll make sure I break up those paragraphs in the future.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like your commentaries on contemporary news items. However, I have one favor to ask. Can you please divide those super-long paragraphs into several shorter ones? It would make your article more attractive and easier to read. Just a suggestion. Have great weekend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You handled this very well. Tragedy.


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