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NG HATEMAIL: Columbine

I'm a sensitive guy, and I feel bad about what happened in Colorado, but I'm not gonna accept any responsibility for it. It is for that reason that I have gotten extremely pissed off about some of the email I've been getting ever since the incident.

The Assassin mascot is Shotgun Man - a trenchcoat clad badass with a big gun. He was around long before Columbine. It is such an awesome drawing, made by Abner Diaz. He kicks ass.

On to the hate mail! My responses follow in italics. Keep in mind, I was in my late teens when I wrote this.

Do you have any idea what has happened in Colorado? You are on here promoting killing people. Where do you think those boys came up with half of the crap they did? You say, assassin...the more dumb they think you are, the more surprised they will be when you kill them. You may think that it is just a harmless game, but kids get on here and take this stuff seriously. Don't think I am an overprotective parent either. I am seventeen years old, and a lot of my friends feel the same way. Killing only proves how dumb you are to start with. The world today does not think twice about doing something immoral, or wrong. You are just adding to the distruction. The hamsterdance is cute, cow dance, etc. Killing is not cute. If you think it is, then you are a sick person. The boys that killed the people in Colorado wore the long coats, just like the image on your page. The saying relates to them exactly too. I know this email means nothing to you. You can just take it, and shove it up your ass though, along with your killing page.

This person lost my attention as soon as she started talking about Hamsterdance being cute. But I have to comment on one thing - it's not as if I made this site after the fact. "Do you have any idea what has happened in Colorado?" - yeah, I guess I should have thought of that 3 years ago when I made the site in the Summer of '96.

Hey Tom,
I love your site - everypart is tight!
I was wondering if any one has sent any hate mail about the pic of the guy with the trenchcoat and shotgun on the assassin logo you know cause the colorado shooting well i think all the stuff on your site is great and the new kill n'sync is the best cause they fight back keep up the great work

Have they ever! I would just like to point out that the pic of the trenchcoat guy was made several months before the incident. My friend Abner worked hard on it, and I won't let those bastards take it away from him. And now for some of the image related hatemail...

I used to think your site was cool, now you're playing up Columbine? The best I can say is that you are the most disgusting, sadistic, anarchistic excuse for a human I have ever seen, take off the picture.

I am guessing this implies the guy in the trenchcoat.

um, yeah, I got no beef with your site, but in light of the recent shooting in Colorado, you might want to change that picture of the guy in the trench coat with the shotgun.

20 people died in a bus accident this past Mother's Day... I think we should stop riding buses in light of the incident.


I am not in the habit of emailing the producers of web sites, but I found yours so disturbing that I have to send this. In light of what happened at Columbine High School, your site is terribly sick. It may or may not have played at part in what happened, but the image of a person with a gun in a long coat cannot be assigned to simple coincidence. You probably will write this off as just another person giving you the attention you so badly crave. This is not the case. I'm a Ph.D. who thinks we all need to take responsibility for what we do, write, and say. You are no exception.

Dr. Sharon S.

Actually, you CAN chalk it up to coincidence... That image was around long before the Colorado incident. Trenchcoat is the ideal overcoat when trying to conceal large weapons, which is why it has been used to represent murderers for several decades now. I believe the Terminator even used on. Was the Terminator making light of the incident in Colorado?

You are a very sick person ... in light of Colorado one would think you'd have the decency to pull this. The only reason I am seeing it is because someone sent it to me.


Dear Sirs,

I am appalled that you would continue the unmitigated and childish violence that you advocate on this site. In light of the Littleon, Colorado tragedy, you are advocating the same attitude that inspired at least two teenage boys to kill 13 people.

I admit that violence is a part of human nature, but the lack of moral restraints and the vast barage of television violence are weakening those restraints. That weakening is part of the reasons why kids kill. Gentlemen, think about Littleton, and if you have any shred of human decency, tone down the violence or take this site off the internet. Thank you for your time.

I worked too hard on this site to give up now! I'm not gonna give up what I love whenever something bad happens. Society is so stupid that they will have forgotten this whole thing in a few months when something more sensational comes along.

First off I would like to say that Tom Fulp does not IN ANY WAY condone or support the actions of the "Trenchcoat mafia" It is disgusting at how politically correct the world is getting. Is it wrong for people to enjoy a little escapist fun from time to time? Why is it that when a tragic event happens involving teens and young adults all activities that young people are interested in are targeted as evil or a "bad influence"? I have been playing video games and Net surfing for quite sometime. I am a college student about to get my BS in corporate law and I enjoy Toms web page and I dont think that makes me a lunatic or convey that I would actually like to kill people. I think people root around for something to bitch about. RELAX! ENJOY LIFE! There are far too many bad and tragic things in this world (for example what happened in Littleton) to NOT have a little fun and escape harsh reality for a bit. Dont go pushing innocent people around. Dont be judgmental.

Carl Michael Swicegood



I just stumbled upon your website. To be honest, many of the things I saw hurt me. Considering your sense of humor, you probably find that funny. I'm just being honest with you, and I'm trying not to offend you as well. I know that your website must mean a lot to you, and I completely understand that because I enjoy mine. I'm just asking you to take it down. I'm sure that you have plenty of positve things you could focus sites on. The reason for my asking is in honor of the students of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. I think it would take a very big person to do what I'm asking of you. Hurting others isn't comedy.

The other reasons why I'm hurt are that I happen to like a lot of the people you picked on. Jonathan Taylor Thomas is a positive role-model. Actually, he's skipping his senior year and going to Stanford this Fall. He is one of my biggest inspirations. Hanson is very talented! Their music has positive messages, and it's just fun. They and Jonathan are kids. They shouldn't be treated with such disrespect. The other ones that hit close to home were Bil Keane and 'N Sync. Bil Keane is an amazing artist with true morals and values. His cartoons give smiles to many people everyday. People like my grandpa who is dying of cancer in particular. He always reads the "Family Circus". 'N Sync is my friend's favorite group. They mean very much to her and not just because she thinks they are cute, either. Their music cheers her up and especially helped her through the times when her mom was in the hospital.

Isn't there enough hurt in the world? I hope you can find it in your heart to listen to me. Thank you for your time and God bless!


"Don't laugh at me. Don't call me names. Don't get your pleasure from my pain. In God's Eyes, we're all the same. Someday we'll all have perfect wings. Don't laugh at me."

JTT is a positive role model? NSYNC and Hanson are talented? Bil Keane has true morals and values? Bil Keane actually has quite a perverted history behind him... Look it up! He only does this sappy religious stuff because he knows there is a market for it. Religious zealots sure are scary!

Hi, it's probably more of a request than anything, albeit I'm very sure a lot of people would like to get in on this. First off, I am Goth, I don't walk stiffly through graveyards, nor do I think I am a vampire, but, Because of those, Pardon my french, little fucks in Colorado, I can't go get my mail anymore. I am consistently harassed by the local teen-christian queens about being a killer. I have had bags confiscated from me at the mall, museums, art exhibits, everywhere. Those pricks were outback survivalist mansonites, they were not "goth". I can assure every one of that. But they need to be killed, painfully, horribly, and without mercy. Thank you for your time.

P.S. Thanks for the Tele-tubbies thing, they scare me......

This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Those guys in Colorado weren't GOTHS. They were Rivetheads! They were industrial! People love to group goth and industrial into one sad little group, but they are quite different. Industrial has a dark side to it, but it is also about menacing, kick-ass electronic beats. It's not about being sad and dressing like a vampire. KMFDM is not goth. KMFDM is industrial, and their music is about fighting injustice. This whole thing is crazy.

Kids are always picking on people who are different, but everyone is shocked when the ridiculed people snap. I'm not justifying it - these kids are nuts - but maybe now people will think twice about picking on others who are different!

A statement from a fan:

To all the activists trying to cancel this site:

I've read your letters of protest, and frankly I'm disgusted. From what I've gathered so far, you are ignorant, irresponsible and all together downright foolish. Apparently you have no idea what "free speech" means. It means that Tom Fulp can convey any idea, concept, image, ect., on this site, regardless of what you find to be obscene. Freedom of speech is one of the most important rights we have, and we are one of the few countries that have it. We must guard this freedom to make sure that one group's views do not hold the standard over everyone else. In the words of the Renaissance philosopher and playwrite, Voltaire, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight tooth and nail for your right to say it." Free speech is what enables you to disagree with Tom Fulp in the first place. It's as simple as this: If you don't believe in free speech, then you don't believe in democracy. If one person's views gain total power, then we have fascism. Now you might say, "But free speech gives us the right to protest!" True. You have every right to protest. But you're not protesting. You're taking steps to eliminate anything in the internet that doesn't suit your tastes. That is absolutely wrong and I hope to God no one listens to you. The internet is not made for your personal approval; it's made for everybody, and if somebody likes violence, then what right do you have telling THEM that THEY'RE wrong, and that your way is the only "right" way??

Agreed, this type of site isn't for everyone. If you're here and you find the stuff here distasteful, then remember: YOU SHOULD NOT BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE! Tom Fulp isn't stupid. He isn't just putting this material out there for anybody. He knows his audiance and writes for them, and they enjoy what he does, and so do I. He clearly warns someone that if they don't like graphic violence, then they should leave. People will argue then that children who don't know better can access the site. To them I say this. First, it's your job as parents to instruct your kids on what is good and bad, as well as responsible viewing of the internet and television and so forth. Also, if you don't want your kids on this site and they're getting on anyway, that's your fault, not theirs. You're the adult. YOU deal with it. It's all to easy to blame the web and call out a witch hunt when really what is called for is better parenting and communication. My parents were very adament about getting things out in the open and weren't afraid to talk to me about important issues: everything from girls to drugs to stuff exactly like this, and I'm really thankful for that. Talk to your kids and tell them that what is happening on this site is a joke, and by no means is it ok to do things like this in real life. Also, I find that a lot of activists use examples of children as a tool, to get people to sympathize with their cause. There is only one word for this: PROPAGANDA. The same false and vague advertisements as Hitler used to make Germans follow his banner and slaughter the Jews. I'm not comparing you to Hitler, but all the same, the attempts to regulate the internet seem to me (somewhat ominously) as a group of people trying to eliminate others that do not share their views. That scares me a bit. It also reminds me of the Salem witch trials. That scares me too.

I'm not asking that you change your opinion to mine, that would make me a hippocrite. If you don't like this site, fine. A site like this is certainly not for everyone. All I ask is that you take some consideration for your actions and to take steps to regulate yourselves and your children rather than the 'net. Ahh. Now I feel better.

-Justin Wortman

This past weekend I watched William Bennett, the former Education Secretary for the Reagan Administration, talk his head off on C-SPAN about censoring violent material (no, I don't have a life).

Does this guy really care about the kids in Colorado? Doubtful. He's just using them as a pawn to push forth his fascist political agenda. "Predatory Capitalism", he calls it. His whole career is predatory capitalism. I'd like to take a moment to tell everyone that this guy is a fat sack of horse crap. If anyone ever takes away my violent video games and my violent web-pages, I'll gladly grab a gun and join the ranks of the mentally insane.

Ok, enough incriminating statements. I will now end this lengthy segment with some exerpts from an article I found in The Intelligencer (a respected newspaper).

Public school teaching may have triggered Columbine tragedy

Phyllis Schlafy, Commentary

"...In 1987, Colorado Eagle Forum produced a two-hour video in which student Tara Backer spoke at length about the relentless focus on death, dying and suicide in her sophomore classes at Columbine High School in Littleton. She and several of her classmates attempted suicide as a result of this depressing teaching, and it took them many months to recover from the experience.

Tara was subsiquently interviewed for an ABC '20/20' program in 1988, where she said, 'I had thought about (suicide) as a possible option for a lot of years, but I never would have gone through with it, never, because I wasn't brave enough. The things that we learned in the class taught us how to be brave enough to face death.'

She added, 'We talked about what we wanted to look like in our caskets.'

"...these courses included requiring students to write their own obituaries, epitaphs, wills or suicide notes, and to decide how they would prefer to die, have their body disposed of and who they want for pallbearers."

"...Death ed is apparently still taught at Columbine. One student told the Associated Press that shooter Harris was asked to write out his will as part of a class assignment."

The Intelligencer Record, Wednesday, May 5, 1999

Looks like I'm off the hook! As a closing remark, I'd just like to say, don't kill anyone. It might look fun, but some pleasures just weren't meant to be realized in the physical world - that's why you need to keep coming back to Assassin and doing it in the virtual world on a daily basis!

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