Was Clay Duke the victim of economic failure?

In the modern age of paranoia and over-security, the eyes of the world are more readily able to witness events almost as they happen. Yesterday, a terrifying event at a school board meeting in Panama City was captured by TV and security cameras and the videos are now doing the rounds on the internet.

Clay Duke is the man responsible for pulling a gun, firing randomly and eventually turning the gun on himself after a security officer wounded him. Nobody else was hurt in the “hold up” but the alarming truth is that the world is so desensitized to such things by media and TV, that when his actions are broadcast around the world wide web, nobody is altogether too shocked.

But what led the man to such desperate measures? Clay Duke, 56, had served four years in prison for aggravated stalking, firing a weapon, throwing a missile with intent to harm and obstruction of justice.

The motives remain unclear, but it is thought that Duke’s wife had been fired from her job at the school district. According to police, Clay Duke used the meeting to air his grievances about the poor treatment his wife had received, and argued with the superintendent that her job loss was part of a tax scam.

They reported that Duke entered the meeting room and sprayed a large red V in a circle on the wall (the V for Vendetta logo), then ordered everyone apart from male staff members of the board from the room, whereupon he began to fire randomly.  Nobody was hit by Duke but a security guard, former police officer Mike Jones, returned fire and wounded him, following which, as he lay on the ground injured he turned the gun on himself.

A bigger question hangs over the whole scenario and concerns the current state of the economy and its trickle down effect on the poorer sections of society. Clearly Duke had a violent history and was perhaps unable to find more constructive ways to settle disputes, but he was also desperate given that his family was reduced to a single income.

We have seen this kind of behaviour before, for instance when fuel shortages happened last year people went crazy for gas, with fights erupting on gas station forecourts. Many suspect that this won’t be the last of these types of occurrences given the lack of light at the end of the gloomy financial tunnel we find ourselves in, as more and more people switch to a survivalist way of thinking.

Was Clay Duke the victim of a crumbling society, or was he too emotionally unstable to cope with personal crises? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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  3. It’s the bankers stealing everything. This man is completely wrong. Thank God someone had a gun to stop him. Also, this guy quotes Warren Buffet. Shows he’s completely out of touch as Buffet is surely part of the cause and plays class warfare games which divide people in the USA.

  4. yea, thats it…an attempted murderer who terrorized a room full of people with a handgun is a VICTIM. good work, sherlock.

    • They guy may have feigned an attack on the board members but he didn’t injure anyone despite pointing the gun straight at them. That indicates he was using blanks.

      This article is pointing to the fact that factors outside the situation here, namely social or economic problems have driven Duke to desperate measures, ultimately ending his life – hence, a victim.

      Maybe you should learn to read properly, that way you wouldn’t have to hide your own insecurities behind a veil of weak sarcasm.

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  6. Victim …everyone is a victim…even victimizers are victims…victims of thier need to victimize

  7. Duke lived near my brother and his family. His family wasn’t reduced to a single income. He had NO income. His wife worked with autistic children as a contract worker with the school district. She was not re-contracted after her first term. Duke was finding it difficult to find work because of his criminal record. He was not able to provide for his family. Combine that with some mental instability. It is extremely sad for everybody involved.

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  9. I think you are going to see more of this if the economy stalls out. You will see MORE civil disobedience and it wouldn’t shock me to see some local/state or federal politician or Fortune 500 CEO gunned down over cutbacks job losses.

    Many people are at the end of their nerves and will resort to unthinkable acts.

    Look at all of the rioting in the UK over tripling of tuition costs. There is a wdening gap of the VERY wealthy and people who have nothing, including no hope which is why they do what they do.

    Also with the cutbacks of state health services MANY mental patients are not getting proper meds and out walking the streets.

    • Well I hope your right about the fortune 500 ceo, I would add the heads of the 6 “zombie” banks in there too.

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