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Analysis of Mass Shootings

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Mass shootings, in particular recent mass shootings in the United States of America have been happening at an unprecedented rate. They are occurring more often and that concerns us all.

There are several factors that are to be considered as to the mental state of the mass shooter, the location of the occurrences of mass shootings, the time of the year, the time of day or night, and more specifically, the intended targets and locations.

Does a person just wake up one day and decide to go and buy an automatic weapon and indiscriminately fire into a random crowd or are there other factors to consider?

This is an attempt at a comprehensible analysis and assessment of what factors that come in to play in one of the most horrific examples of civilization going awry.

First of all, the very motivation behind a mass shooting or a random act of domestic terrorism has to have a lot to due to the overall mental state, intelligence, age and social background of one single person who has gone from being a so called NORMAL human being, to becoming an active shooter and be placed on Americas most wanted lists.

These factors are to be considered as to the motivation of the individual. What drives a man to go on a shooting rampage:

  1. Mental and emotional history.
  2. Age and sex of the shooter
  3. Educational and income of the individual as well as how many siblings, and are the parents married, separated or divorced and are there conflicts in the relationship between the shooter and his family, his siblings, if he has any, his relationship with his parents, if they are married, single parents or any number or variables to consider. The shooter and his relationship with his fellow students or co-workers, managers, instructors.
  4. Does the shooter have a military background? If so did he at one time participate in active military conflict that involved deployment to an enemy country and be in active combat for any length of time?
  5. Does the shooter have any religious affiliations or extra curricular activities?
  6. The psychological aspects to consider. Was the shooter ever treated for any kind of mental or emotional disorder?

Other factors like the availability of the shooter to obtain a license to buy a firearm. One such factor would be the proper training of using a firearm, if not in the military but on a firing range.

Does the shooter have a history of emotional or physical abuse at childhood by one or more parents or abuse by other students or classmates at public or private school or learning disability of some kind?

There are so many factors to consider just to the psychological and emotional state of the shooter at the time of the shooting event during, after and long before the event even takes place. Was it premeditated? Did the shooter act on impulse without any thinking out or planning ahead of time?

The level of detail can be varied and diverse and complex. The simple thing to consider at first hand would be accessibility and availability of the firearm that the shooter used in a mass shooting. That is where we should be looking. We know that human behavior is complex and often unpredictable, but we can weigh in on the very simple fact that, in spite of all things considered, it is the motivation, the availability of a firearm and the trigger factors that caused a set group of actions to take place that eventually led to the act of consciously going out and targeting a person or group of persons as an object of hate or vengeance that fired the actions that led to the deaths of many innocent victims of such an event that has become the main subject of gun control law that goes to the very roots of the cause of unprovoked and unforeseen acts of pure destruction.

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MegL wrote on June 18, 2019, 5:22 PM

And yet in many states, it appears to be easier to buy a gun than to buy a cup of coffee, even thought the factors you mention are all known.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 19, 2019, 2:35 PM

It needs to be harder for people to get them. Although one might argue a knife or a rock can also be as deadly. I argue that a gun is by it's very nature an instrument of death and has no other function.

MegL wrote on June 19, 2019, 5:28 PM

Yes, a gun can murder many people at once, whereas a rock or knife can be used only on one person at a time.

VinceSummers wrote on June 20, 2019, 8:28 PM

I view such shootings as trees amidst a forest of human wickedness.