Among the most vexing challenges facing America is the increase in mass shootings even as gun homicide rates, overall, have declined. This epidemic has the feel of a crisis of confidence in the social compact itself, particularly when the victims of mass violence are children. No doubt, the causes of this crisis are multifarious, and solutions — if they exist — will be holistic.
It is regrettable that those who are ostensibly dedicated to eradicating mass gun violence seem to be working at cross purposes; so few are willing to look critically at their deeply-held convictions. With the stakes so high, everyone from politicians to activists to the media must be incredibly thoughtful and purposeful. Unfortunately, one product of the Parkland shootings was reckless press coverage.
The immediate aftermath of the massacre of high school students and their teachers in Florida was typified by breathless media coverage of their
Will Nikolas Cruz become a case study for medical science? Unlike many other mass school shooters, Cruz didn’t kill himself. Columbine high school killers Dylan Kliebold and Eric Harris turned the guns on themselves after slaughtering 13 people in 1999. The Sandy Hook mass murderer, Adam Lanza killed himself after slaying 26 people, many of them kids, in 2012. Yale University forensic psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee says Cruz’s prenatal care is something that should be examined.
Fox News personality Tomi Lahren said that people who die during mass shootings don’t believe in God enough.
As lawmakers faced calls to offer more than just “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, political commentator Tomi Lahren argued that more prayer was never a bad thing. According to a viral meme, Lahren took this argument a step further and concluded that people who died during mass shootings simply didn’t believe in God strongly enough:
This is not a genuine quote uttered by Tomi Lahren, nor was it posted to the official web site or social media pages of the right-wing nonprofit organization Turning Point USA.
The owner of the Twitter account @BornMiserable created the image. A watermark
Three days ago, Dean didn’t know if her oldest son would live to see her again.
Dean survived the Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting last January. When the shooter opened fire on people in Terminal 2 of the airport, she lunged behind a luggage cart, and a man laid himself on top
Whille mass killers generally have guns in their hands, another commonality is that they often have psychiatric drugs in their blood. The difference, though, is that it isn’t guns that have the side effect of “homicidal ideation.”
If you develop digestive problems after a change in diet, do you look for the cause in foods you always ate or the new ones you started eating? While the answer is obvious, this common sense is painfully uncommon when analyzing the new phenomenon of continual mass shootings: Many blame the long-present “foods” — guns in this case — and ignore the new diet whose embrace coincided with the problem. And part of what’s new is the widespread use of psychiatric drugs.
As a case in point, the Parkland, Florida, shooter (I won’t use his name and help provide the fame he craved), who murdered 17 on Valentine’s Day, was on medication for emotional issues,
There doesn’t seem to be an official definition for a “mass shooting” in the United States, but according to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location.
The F.B.I. defines a “mass killing” as the killing of three or more people in a public place, but the federal agency also defines a “mass murderer” as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.