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The Reason Behind the Mass Shootings of the Past Few Years

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 2:00am

ryan7g

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489 posts

To quote someone (the Morgan Freeman hoax):

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why. It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody."

I happen to agree with this statement. People who are either mentally unstable or suicidal, sadly, would like to go out famously, so to speak. It's on the news everywhere and so is the killer's name and his story. These shootings are happening increasingly and the quote tells you why.

The guy who just recently killed the 20 children and 7 adults (God rest their souls); He was known to have a form of autism. So it's reasonable to say that his life wasn't exactly great. He may have been picked on his entire life or just grew up in a bad household while having that disease (his parents were divorced). You have to be seriously messed up in the head to want to kill 20 innocent children.

Now I would like this thread to be discussed NOT about gun laws or anything to do with that, but your opinion on the reasoning of these cynical and unimaginably evil crimes, and why they've been happening more frequently as of late.

Discuss.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 2:12am

Kasic

Kasic

5,572 posts

and why they've been happening more frequently as of late.

Well first off, this. Have they really? I don't think that they've been happening statistically more often in recent years than previous ones. I don't want to look up the figures right now though...

People who are either mentally unstable or suicidal, sadly, would like to go out famously, so to speak.

Not necessarily. If someone is suicidal, they probably are going to just try to kill themselves, not anyone else. The ones who want to involve others likely have issues in their past in addition to mental problems. I would like to point out though that simply having a mental illness is not the likely cause behind many of these events, even if it is often a factor.

It's on the news everywhere and so is the killer's name and his story.

There is this point. People copy ideas. The people who carry out these shootings gain infamy and will be remembered due to the nature of their actions. Not having to deal with the consequences of their actions because they kill themselves at the end is also an added bonus for them.

The media in general focuses on morbid events. Natural disasters, political troubles, crimes, accidents, etc. Not that people should hear about these things, but they shouldn't be what we expect to see on the news.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 2:27am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,983 posts

Have they really?

I'm pretty sure there's been an upward trend over the last hundred years, but the frequency of reporting and media exposure have also greatly increased. A hundred years ago (even 20 years ago), 2 people shot in a store would have been a very local story, and likely wouldn't have made the first 3 pages in the paper. The media trend has started focusing more on the negatives, because they create a bigger reaction. If "everything's running smoothly", people keep doing what they're doing. If "HOLY CRAP! BAD HAPPENED!" people stop and reach out emotionally and feel like they've been doing something wrong, so they attempt to change.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 2:43am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,676 posts

He was known to have a form of autism

Let's be honest here..this really has nothing to do with his shooting. Autism/Asperberger's =/= dangerous

Also..for my viewpoint..i have it in the Mall shooting thread..and I don't feel like reiterating

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 3:02am

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,119 posts

Knight

To pinpoint it on one single reason would be an insult to the family of the dead. I'm no psychologist, but I don't think we can easily pin the tail on the donkey for each and every shooter.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 5:44am

partydevil

partydevil

5,097 posts

Well first off, this. Have they really? I don't think that they've been happening statistically more often in recent years than previous ones.

64 shootings in 30 year of which 7 happened in 2012 and 5 in 2012.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 5:53am

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,119 posts

Knight

Let's get this clarified....mass shootings in the United States only?

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 8:29am

Masterforger

Masterforger

1,633 posts

Let's get this clarified....mass shootings in the United States only?

Well, other countries have stronger anti-gun-trafficking methods, or so it seems.

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 8:52am

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,119 posts

Knight

Well, other countries have stronger anti-gun-trafficking methods, or so it seems.

Brevik is a glaring anti-example....

 

Posted Dec 20, '12 at 8:58am

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,119 posts

Knight

Point being, I'd like to know if Party's stats are US only.

 
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