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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.”
“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.