Bodybuilders who take steroids to “bulk up” their muscles sometimes suffer anger and other personality problems. “Roid rage” is a label applied to the phenomenon.
Perhaps that helps explain why a disturbed Florida man, Pedro Vargas, committed a Friday gun massacre that left seven dead, including the gunman.
Vargas, 42, had no criminal or mental record — thus it was legal for him to possess all the murder weapons he wanted. Acquaintances said he took steroids for years while he lifted weights at a Hialeah gym. He was known for screaming at his mother and having difficulty with girlfriends.
Police say Vargas withdrew about $10,000 in cash from his bank account, piled it on his apartment floor and set it afire — an irrational act. When the apartment managers, an aging husband and wife, came to investigate the smoke, he shot them both to death.
Vargas shot wildly from his balcony, killing a man in a parking lot below. …
The Hialeah massacre happened the same day as a West Virginia one. Clarksburg police say Sidney Muller, 27, went to a known drug house where something went wrong and he shot four people to death — including father-and-son newspaper deliverers who happened to be passing outside.
These mass killings made headlines because of the number of victims involved. But never-ending shootings across the nation kill thousands of Americans, a few at a time, drawing little notice. More Americans die from pistol murders than from wars.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bravely sought to reduce the slaughter by imposing more background checks on gun sales, to keep weapons away from criminals and psychotics. …
As long as timid politicians do nothing to protect Americans from gun slaughter, killings like those at Hialeah and Clarksburg will keep occurring, randomly and unstoppably.
— Charleston Gazette