I started thinking (dangerous, I know) about the recent Oregon shooting, and then other recent mass-murder incidents in the US. I wondered what, if
any, common denominator they may have. It didn't take long to find one, and a pretty notable one at that. Nearly every single one of the recent mass
murderers comes from a single parent household, or some type of a disfunctional/unusual family situation. Now, at first glance this may seem like a
"Thank you, Captain Obvious" moment, but I wonder if there's more to it...
To the below list we can add the Oregon shooter's name as well as the Tsarnaev bothers in the Boston incient.
I started thinking back over all the people I've known in my life who came from single parent households. Was there anything unique about their
homelife which would make them different? I am happy to say I've never known any mass murderers (that I'm aware of), so let's get that out of the way.
However, there actually was something I had always noticed, but never really thought about that much previously.
In better than half of the instances the parent of the person I knew (whether 'Mom' or 'Dad') had a very prominent "I'm a victim" mentality or
mindset. Correspondingly, better than half of the friends I had who came from a single parent home had a decidedly negative general outlook on
things. The more prominent the 'victim' mentality of the parent, the more negative the outlook of the child.
In the most recent mass murder incidents the parent of the perpetrator have almost always had some very unusual personality quirks (bordering on
paranoid and delusional). The most prominent of these traits has been...the 'victim' mentality.
When we talk about mental health and trying to sleuth out who might be the next mass murder the focus is often on attempting to ferret out the
individual himself. I wonder if the focus shouldn't be on the parents who might be conditioning the next mass murder, and then seeing to it they
don't have the tools to act out.
PLEASE NOTE - This is by NO means an indictment of single parents. There are millions of single parents who do a fine job raising children. It is
merely an effort to leave no stone unturned attempting to find a solution to a growing problem.
Here is another piece from 2012 with similar findings.
Are we maybe looking in the worng place??
edit on 10/7/2015 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)