posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 07:17 AM
If you look at all of these incidents there is a common thread. Firstly, the ubiquitous nature of firearms is nothing new. Guns have been around for
generations and arguably were ecven more accessible in years past when laws and regulations were all but non-existent. In ALL of these recent
incidents there have been two commonalities: a known, pre-existing mental health problem, and social isolation/social disenfranchisement.
What makes today's culture different? There is a great deal more cultural stress. Longterm economic uncertainty, eroding hope and opportunity for
the younger generation, less stable families, the replacing of one-to-one interaction with online. The vast majority of these perpetrators were the
victims of bullying which, because of the explosion of social media, becomes constant, pervasive and unrelenting compared to bullying 'back in the
day'. Look at the explosion of suicide in the 15-24 cohort. Some kids become suicidal, some homicidal.
The fact is, this is a complex problem and people want to believe it's a simple one. Ban guns it will all go away. Yea, right.