Navy Yard shooting suspect's Buddhist past raises questions

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Sept. 22, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    I have also read reports that he made a number of trips to Malaysia. Malaysia is a predominantly Islamic country with Buddhists also in the population. There are a number of closed windows in this individual's background. So far, not much on his background have been released.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    People often act outside of their religious teachings. Buddhism is not a violent religion. It teaches people to reflect and meditate, not use force or violence. Violence is a rejection of Deity. Violence is a rejection of the principles and doctrine given to mankind by Deity. Those who chose to use violence are in rebellion against the Creator, who taught peace and patience, who reserved judgement to himself and cautioned us to NOT judge others and to forgive those who trespassed against us.

    Who knows what triggered this violence? Who knows how many incidents "piled" up before the shooter justified his actions? Who knows whether treatment in a mental hospital would have prevented his violence? We'll never know those answers. The one thing that we can do is to show tolerance and kindness to others, even if they offend us.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    According to gun nut control people, the cause of the shootings was an AR-15. Which was never used during the shooting, but was a shotgun and two handguns. Yet they're pushing this as another reason to restrict assault rifles and high capacity clips.

    Maybe instead of blaming guns for some how forcing people to shoot people. The question should be asked why are people using guns to shoot people? Most of these highly publicized shootings are from people with mental issues. They're registered democrats and supporters of obama. Does that mean all registered democrats and supporters of obama have a strong chance of being a mass shooter? I don't think so. Owning an assault rifle doesn't mean you'll become one either.

    Having mental issues and access to weapons, I feel is the stronger culprit in predicting mass shootings. Just create a database of mental issues, that is part of the background check for guns. That will slow the flow.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Sept. 19, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Were he a practicing Buddhist none of this would have happened. Does a one of you know anything of the doctrinal basis of Buddhism?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 6:03 a.m.

    What you do and how you do it separates manners and polite. Religion is only what you do religiously. What would the world be like if no one learned to use their better judgement.

  • mmhhbb Provo, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 12:02 a.m.

    As the story says, the guy spent a heck of a lot of time playing violent video games....hello?? When was the last time you read about a practicing Buddhist in America engaging in mass slaughter?? It's pretty obvious the red flags he sent up prior to his horrific act are still being missed. How many more massacres is it going to take to finally understand that those games are not just mindless entertainment, that violence breeds violence? The Sandy Hook killer was also a violent video game player. Why is there such a reluctance to see the obvious? Oh right...blame it on Buddhism....

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:00 p.m.


    For me it isn't meaningless. There can be value in examining how religion is used to motivate/restrain behavior. If such examination can provide us any insight, then the value exists. To me, that is worth investigating thoroughly as such crimes are statistically increasing in frequency.

    My LDS Faith helps me restrain or limit my choices. Before I practiced my faith as I do now, my choices were very different than they are now. In my life it has proven beneficial for my sake and those around me.

    Our revelations do not teach us to hurt others or use force, unless in defense. Instead, we are commanded only to use persuasion. Some religions teach a doctrine of "act, and God will justify your actions"... which isn't really a belief in anything but yourself as a moral dictator. Sometimes, religions teach true doctrines of peace and follows go off and commit such acts anyway, regardless of their religion.

    The fact is, religion influences people and if we can encourage all faiths to motivate better behavior more effectively then it is helpful, meaningful, and potentially in some cases even life-saving.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    He was just plain mentally ill. His interest in _any_ religion would just be part of his disconnection from reality - it says nothing meaningful about the religion itself.

    Or look at it this way - he was a Buddhist in the same way that Timothy McVeigh was a Christian.

    Meaningless to either religion.