One would not want to think that the average New Yorker has such a social conditioning toward homicide that someone asking for directions at random might become a victim of a killer. That is one of the reasons why this very unusual (I hope) crime by Levi Aron-a Jew with an obviously symbolicly important name requires some thought.
Of course the persecution of European Jews by government authorities rumor mongering sensational and untrue stories about Jewish practices including sacrifice of European children that were goyim (gentiles) was a recurrent feature from imperial Russia to Germany. That a 35 year old New Yorker might have sacrificed a kid as a spur of the moment thing-or perhaps the lost kid asking for directions was a fullfillment of a repressed desire of killer to sacrifice a victim in some way to recognize N.Y.'s new homosexual marriage law?, is a sign of the times perhaps. It is possible to imagine such crimes in humanities past though, as a darker trait.
New York City as a kind of epiphenomenal accretion of human civilization-over populated, dense urbanization, unsustainable food production or energy basis, is a kind of prediction of the future of the human race if they do not develop a steady state economy with full employment and a healthy biosphere. Religious freedom is a fundamental right andÂ so too is the right of life. Often when human society becomes out of balance it has wars to change the situation without micro-reasoning subtlety. Then all of society become murders with approriate honors and sanctification for those that perish and those that work it with most valour.
Maybe Mr. Aron was justÂ socially obsessveÂ though-he does had thatÂ Loughner sort of look to him.