I know this is an old story, but I’ve been busy working behind the scenes on the website. You should probably be used to my long absences for whatever reason by now. I’m hoping to decrease such absences in 2018, but I’m not the story here.
In my previous post about the shooting at Aztec High in New Mexico that left students Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco “Paco” Fernandez dead, I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter, 21-year-old William Atchison, wasn’t a trilby-wearing Gamergater. While not criminal profiling on the level of professionals, I was right.
A little less than a week after the shooting, The Daily Beast published an article detailing a lot of Atchison’s internet activity. While the actual wearing of a Trilby has not been confirmed, Atchison’s internet rantings are what you’d probably expect. He was active on such white supremacist sites like the Daily Stormer and the like. He was also an admin at known troll site Encyclopedia Dramatica.
As also was mentioned before, Atchison posted racist diatribes in a video game community, and at the time I wondered what game site it was. It turns out, it was the gaming platform Steam. For those of you who may not know, Steam is the platform on the internet to purchase video games for your PC. They also have sections for game reviews and game communities. Motherboard has a great article on Atchison’s Steam activity. Atchison seems to have a problem with the first person shooter Wolfenstein, a game franchise where the goal of the game has always been to kill Nazis.
“It was revolutionary for [its] time,” he wrote of the Nazi-killing first person shooter Wolfenstein 3D back in 2015. “The problem i have with it is the fact that you spend the entire game killing germans – killing white people.” The review then goes on to defend Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany’s systematic extermination of Jews.
It also turns out Atchison was a fan of Doom II. Doom was infamously known as the favorite game of the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold. In his Doom II activity, Atchison referred to Columbine as ‘LOLumbine’. Also not surprising, Atchison was a fan of the controversial game Hatred, which I originally discussed here.
Now while I haven’t heard video games being blamed for the Aztec High shooting, I have to reiterate that video games do not turn people into violent psychopaths. Video games did not turn Atchison into a racist loser who blamed his own shortcomings on people who were different from him.
“How am I supposed to function in this world? Wherever I go, I see degeneracy. Pointless materialism, hedonism, sexual decay, dirty n**gers who do nothing but slowly break down this society etc. it’s fucking everywhere. No way to escape it, 99% of people are part of it and whatever I do I am confronted with the death of the West. Go to the store and buy groceries in peace? Nope, here’s a group of LGBT liberal filth in line with you. And there’s a n**ger family with 10 kids over there. And a Finn too, but he’s overweight as fuck and he’s buying alcohol and shit junk food. Fucking fantastic.
I also think it goes without saying that Atchison was a columbiner as well, a person who is a fan of school shooters. So once again we have yet another copycat without an original thought in his head who followed his cowardly heroes into hell.
Also in my previous post I mentioned how the FBI paid Atchison a visit after he pposted a vague school shooting threat online. Unfortunately, the FBI didn’t have any real evidence of any plot so they couldn’t arrest him for anything. Sadly, I know too well what that’s all about as Dawson College gunman Kimveer Gill was once a troll on my website. Never once did Gill ever tip his hand on this website to his plans.
So what can we do about outliers like Atchison? Tragically, there is no answer. You can try to reach out to people like this but unfortunately sometimes they’re so ingrained in their ideologies that there is no way to help them. It doesn’t help that too many people like to settle into their comfort bubbles online where everyone else has the same opinions as them. The best we can do is to try to teach the following generations the best we can not to waste your life on hate and that we are all responsible for our own actions. The world doesn’t owe you anything and if you want to change your situation, man up and do it the right way, by working towards it. You can make the world better by making yourself better.