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originally posted by: musicismagic
It's very simple. The person starts with a plan and then executes. No books need to be written about it. Simple: plan and then execute. These people are off-balanced mentally. A subject that is almost impossible to nail, like why can't we see wind.
In all known school shootings, the perpetrators were outside the popular group; many of them had been manhandled, punched, trapped in a locker or thrown in a garbage can, taunted and jeered at. For Michael, the worst was when a gossip column in the school paper implied that he was homosexual, precipitating a further barrage of taunts. Like most school shooters, Michael was unathletic, unattractive, and easily dominated: a clear counter-ideal by which the teenage status hierarchy could remind itself of what it is not, and an easy target for attacking the weak.
A much stronger clue, I suggest, is amassing an arsenal of weapons, which become the center of an obsessive ritual; the arsenal is not just a practical step towards the massacre, but has a motivating effect that deepens the spiral of clandestine plotting into a private world impervious to normal social restraints and moral feelings.
originally posted by: starviego
--Lack of any believable motive. Even when the shooter survives the attack, he will not be able to give a reason.
--A strange look on the shooter's face, often described as 'vacant' or 'expressionless,' instead of a rage-filled visage, as one would expect in a 'rage' attack.
--A prior history of mental-health 'treatment.' The shrinks are the mind-controllers, hiding in plain site.
I think this thread will probably turn into a boring sh*tfight, where the argument is polarized to an extent that policy issues cannot be addressed in any real manner, and thus there is no progress.
Within these power differentials, guns are a good leveler.
the thing is; I doubt there would be as much of a problem if we could agree that guns, are a factor in these crimes.
But one could also blame the right-wing for a steadfast insistance on neither addressing the issue of the availability of mental health, nor attempting to rectify the issues with present gun-laws.
it could be said that no amount of mental-healthcare, or gun-control measures, can completely forever prevent another mass/spree-killing, but they can reduce the number or rate of shootings that occure.
the issue I have with people carrying guns is that people get into heated passionate arguments, or otherwise ticked-oft, and while otherwise would be resolved by a fistfight or something, with no-one dying, turn into a gun-fight where the chance of death from even just being around it skyrockets upwards.