Columbine
in Great Satan’s rage
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On 20 April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold turned up at their school armed with two shotguns, a 9-mm Hi-Point carbine semi-automatic rifle and a TEC-DC9 handgun. Although this attack was preceded by others at Springfield, Oregon, Paducah, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas, the event at Columbine was by far the most deadly and traumatic, causing recriminations in the national press. In Columbine, the goths were opposed to the jocks who baptised them with their name after the goth fashion for wearing long, black trenchcoats, a fashion that was given further cultural resonance by the Matrix films. In his account of the Columbine event, John F. Murphy Jr cites eye-witness reports that Harris and Klebold 'were ecstatic in their happiness'. One of the curiosities of Harris and Klebold's action in the library and elsewhere at Columbine is that technological objects became their targets as well as the students.

Great Satan’s rage

American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism

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