Why All the Killing?


Having a hard time getting my head around another young man taking a gun and killing 6 innocent people and then topping it off by taking his own life. Disclaimer… he did use a knife to kill the first three people.

This has reached epidemic stages and I am in complete bewilderment as to the root cause of this condition. And more importantly a cure for this deplorable activity.

It has been documented that these recent slayings were done by young men with unstable mental health. How so? If they were that unstable why were they not caught/stopped prior to their actions?

And how was it they were allowed to legally purchase the weapons of mass destruction used in their assault on mankind? This is actually a rhetorical question, we all know of the power of the NRA.

A story in Salon.com asks: Why is it always white guys? Link below…

Upon reading the story we find that it actually is not always white guys, but that is not the point being made in the story. It talks of the perceived mistreatment of these people either by their supervisors, their co-workers, or even their government. Suggesting these people are fed up and have reached the breaking point. The point where the only way they can gain redemption is by doing something dramatic.

However, in my lifetime, I have seen, worked with and known many men that suffered from similar life experiences. Whether it be bullied, ridiculed or passed over for a promotion, many if not all of us, have experienced such events in our lives.

I am reminded of Henry David Thoreau’s quote.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

So these mass murderers are not a new, heretofore unknown species of man on this earth, they have been here all along. It is primarily in the recent past that they have resorted to this violence in getting their message to mankind.

Just on the possibility these demented minds may have a thought process indicating “Nobody ever paid attention to me in the past now everyone will pay attention to me, they will know who I am forever.”

The most recent culprit appears to have been screaming for attention with his YouTube videos and his manifesto.

Based on those thoughts, I would like to see a federal law banning the disclosure of any information pertaining to these sick people other than just generic data. A white male age 23. I know the media and the public would scream bloody murder (no pun intended) but, this would possibly eliminate the “going out in a blaze of glory” aspect of this act.

This is by no means a solution to the problem just a possible solution to what may be one of the motivators of such action.

Some of my questions have been discussed on main stream media but, the comments I heard did not satisfy my curiosity.

And one other thing that has changed in the last 30 – 40 years is the treatment of mental health problems. We used to have hospitals where many with mental problems were housed. We now use chemicals to control those people. Of course the meds are almost optional for the patients.

We should examine what kind of care we are providing mentally ill people and the effectiveness of this care.

And at the risk of alienating the gun nuts, we must do something about gun control!

What do you all think?

Why is it always white guys? Link….



2 thoughts on “Why All the Killing?

  1. I agree Larry, taking away their chance of infamy, could make a big difference. At least some of those people wouldn’t do anything if they knew their names wouldn’t be mentioned.


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