Robert Crimo Dad: Don’t Blame Me!

Robert Crimo Dad: Don’t Blame Me!

Robert Crimo Dad: Don’t Blame Me!

If you’re looking for a nominee for Father of the Year, forget about Robert Crimo, Jr., the father of the Highland Park, IL, shooter.


Robert Crimo Dad Washes Hands of Guilt

The New York Post managed to snag an interview with the elder Crimo on Wednesday — the same guy who has been telling reporters that he isn’t the shooter’s dad, but a “caretaker” for the home.

You can summarize this interview in three words:

Don’t blame me!

Remember, now, that this is the same pater familias who in 2019 helped his disturbed son obtain a firearm-owner’s identification card — an Illinois state requirement. What’s more, Crimo Jr. did so three months after little Robert threatened his entire family with knives. He also threatened to commit suicide, whereupon police came to the home and seized 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword.

But the elder Crimo feels no remorse. Why, he and Robert III talked just 13 hours before the July 4 shooting, Papa Crimo told the Post:

“I talked to him 13 hours before. That’s why I guess I’m in such shock. … Like, did he have a psychiatric break or something?”

So what was the father-son bonding conversation all about?

They talked about the 22-year-old Danish man who shot and killed three people in Copenhagen on Sunday. Daddy Dearest recalled:

“He goes, ‘Yeah, that guy is an idiot.’ That’s what he said!”

And as for those knives? They were “just a collection,” Crimo Jr. told the Post. Kinda like baseball cards:

“You know I used to collect coins and baseball cards.”

Except, of course, you don’t kill people with coins or baseball cards. But Robert Crimo, Jr., is also a victim, apparently:

“They make me like I groomed him to do all this. I’ve been here my whole life, and I’m gonna stay here, hold my head up high, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”


Dad and Mom Lawyer Up

Naturally, Robert Crimo, Jr. and his estranged wife Denise have now lawyered up. They’re using the services of Stephen Greenberg, who had once represented singer R. Kelly in his federal sex-trafficking case.

Speaking with NewsNation Prime on Tuesday night, Greenberg did the usual defense attorney shtick:

“No red flags! No one saw anything wrong! Great parents!” 

Hey, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it, right?


The Younger Robert Crimo Loved Shooter Games

You knew this was going to happen, right? Some news agency was going to poke fingers at first person shooter video games. And right on schedule, here comes the Daily Mail to inform us all that Robert Crimo III loved to play “Call of Duty.” What’s more, he “posted gaming videos online where he shot at people from rooftops.”

Because, well, urban warfare involves shooting from rooftops.

Robert Crimo/Call of Duty

Barbara Williams2010/flickr/CC BY 2.0.

But, but, says the Daily Mail, “in the video game posts, gun shots can be heard ringing out while players are heard laughing, yelling and directing one another.” Even though the Mail admits they don’t know which voice is Crimo’s.

Blaming video games for mass shootings has long been a tactic of both the right and left. Both the NRA and anti-gun lobbyists have made games into whipping boys for such events.

However, a study out of London last year showed that violent video games aren’t linked to mass shootings. That recent study isn’t the only one to make the same conclusion, either.

Besides, any of us can point to young men — and some older guys too — who are shooter game aficionados, but who have never shot a single soul. So let’s not go there.


It’s the Culture, Stupid. And the Families, Too

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the culture produces the Highland Park shooters of society, along with those from Uvalde, Sandy Hook, Parkland, etc. etc. And what sort of culture is that?

It’s a culture that has forgotten God.

Chicago native John Kass, in a column fittingly entitled “And the Devil is Laughing,” says of the Highland Park shooting:

“Are there any serious doubts that as a culture we’ve turned our faces from God?”

“We infantilize our young people.  We demand the right to kill the innocent unborn. We raise our young in a culture of death.”

Kass continues:

“We don’t think of the culture we raise them in. We’re our own gods now.”

“And yet we’re surprised at the monsters that we’ve created?”

Meanwhile, Jason Whitlock at The Blaze writes:

“This nation’s founding documents were based on God’s natural order. This country was built for families. . . .”

“The destruction of family and the abandonment of God are destroying America.”

That culture creates dreadful, self-centered fathers like Robert Crimo, Jr. — a tone-deaf man who whines, “I mean essentially I lost a son, too. It sucks.”

Yet we’ll pass laws — both Democrats and Republicans — to try to stop these shooters. And when one law doesn’t work, we’ll pass another, and another, and wonder why they don’t work, either.

So we’ll continue to sink into that “spiritual void,” as Kass called it, and continue to refuse God:

“We might wish we had God in our lives, to help us find the good that we’ve lost. Yet for many of us, preparing our hearts might just take a little too much discipline and effort. So we do nothing. We stare at the gate out of hell that we’ve locked on ourselves from within.”

And then we wonder how we’ll ever find the key, when it’s been right in front of us all along.


Featured image: Robert Crimo, Jr./Brand X Studio.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • ontoiran says:

    returning to God would mean they’d have to admit they’re weak, flawed, not omnipotent, and worst of all…wrong. that is something they can’t do, so they will live the rest of their lives with an empty hole in their soul where God and Jesus should be. they will continue to try to fill it with all sorts of violence, perversion, meaningless sex, and consumerism and of course it won’t even come close to working. i pity them and pray they will wake up before it’s too late.

    • GWB says:

      A vast amount of the effort of progressivism over the last almost century has been to destroy Christianity – arguably its source – in order to demolish morals so it can have its hedonism without consequence. Because that is one of the core principles of progressivism: hedonism, pleasure for self without consequence.

      We have to evangelize and indoctrinate our countrymen with Christian morals and Americanism, or we’ll never get our Republic back.

  • GWB says:

    Like, did he have a psychiatric break or something?
    This isn’t mental illness, people. It’s immorality. It’s a lack of a conscience. Which is why I think looking at the father is very valid.

    The Younger Robert Crimo Loved Shooter Games
    The problem here is that so few human beings can get away from correlation error – thinking that any relationship must be causatory. Shooter games are to mass shooters as schools are to pedos. It’s not a cause of their problem, but it draws them. So, if you get on the gamer channels you will meet the pre-mass-shooters. The problem is finding them among the 8 bazillion other people who are not and never will be.
    Do FPS games help to erode some measure of morality and make violence into less of a repugnant choice? Probably. At least for some. But it’s more a symbol of the current state of society than it is a driver of these problems.

    It’s a culture that has forgotten God.
    It’s a culture that has replaced God. With themselves.

    We’re our own gods now.

  • InterestedBystander says:

    I want to know who this “we” is that’s creating these monsters. I had nothing to do with it. Let’s look at who really runs this society. Who makes the movies and TV shows? Who teaches kids that God is an outdated superstition? Who makes light of families with no father in the home?

    Any guesses? It’s the Left. The professional progressives – teachers, movie executives, TV executives, publishers, actors. All Godless Leftists who teach our kids this garbage. The parents don’t want it but either they are unaware of how much of it is out there or they’re afraid to say something. We sent our kid a Catholic schools. We didn’t allow video games in the house. We didn’t allow MTV and a lot of other insidious garbage in our home. We couldn’t stop her from seeing it at her friend’s homes but we made sure she knew we didn’t approve of it.

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