Baker said Long “was pretty fed up, kind of at the end of his rope, and yesterday was a really bad day for him and he did.” The investigators who interviewed Long “felt that he understood the gravity of his actions,” said Baker, who went on to say, “I don’t know whether he was repentant or not.”
All right. We have a white man who appears to have murdered eight people in three locations, injured another person, and arrested one other person, even though the police had to force his car off the street to arrest him. And the first thing the police have to tell us is what a bad day he had and his sexual addiction problems that led him to eliminate temptation … by murdering people.
First, let’s make it clear that “women murdered because he saw them as a source of sexual temptation” are also very, very bad. Second, a surge in anti-Asian racist incidents in the past pandemic year disproportionately targeted women, with the founder of Stop AAPI Hate saying ahead of the Atlanta shootings: “There is an intersectional dynamic in which others may perceive both Asians and women and Asian women as easier targets. Thirdly, and this is closely related, the gross racist fetishization of Asian women has a long history.
Fourth, sex addiction is not a real condition. It’s mostly an excuse for men who do lousy things: “High libido coupled with poor impulse control.” The mapping of mass murder to sex addiction suggests that when there is no disease, an illness is responsible.
The message from the police seems to be this: Geez, it’s not a good thing he did, but … he had his reasons – a really bad day folks! – and despite the racist makeup of its victims, we will put a whole laundry list of the reasons about racism.
In addition to the reason Long (supposedly) killed all of these people, the question is how. He reportedly bought a gun a few hours before the shootings, although there was ample evidence that he already had access to guns. “IIt is worth asking whether waiting times could have prevented this tragedy in Georgia[.] Waiting times for possession of firearms prevent impulsive, fleeting armed violence. ” Igor Volsky tweeted. “10 states + DC have waiting times for at least some types of gun purchases. Georgia doesn’t. “
Buying a gun and then going to three different establishments, with 30 miles between the first and second, and then planning, as Long told police, going to Florida to kill more people seems a higher level Planning to mean as “Yesterday was a really bad day for him and that’s what he did.”
Police named the victims at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth as Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan and Daoyou Feng. Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz was injured. The people killed in the other two locations have not yet been identified by officials.
Long’s victims will have no more days – good ones or “really bad” ones.