Quote from Penelope_Pitstop
I don't agree with it being a mental health problem.
I believe calling it that does little to get to the root of the issue, for the root is not a mood disorder, psychotic disorder or personality disorder.
While shooters may very well have diagnoses that are in the DSM V, that is not what causes these events. Also, this encourages mental health stigma.
I believe the cause is bullying. Calling it a mental health issue removes the blame from the bullies and places it on a psychiatric illness. I don't know how to stop bullying, or make its long term effects disappear. Lord knows my emotional scars from years of verbal torture from my peers are permanent.
THANK YOU. I get so tired of hearing these incidents being blamed on mental illness and those who suffer from it. Some shooters do have psychiatric diagnoses, but I believe there is such a thing as evil and some people carry it within them.
I once knew a seven-year-old boy who was just plain mean---he tortured and killed small animals, caused other kids to have accidents on their bikes, set the playground on fire. He injured one of my sons one day and I took him back to his house, where he gave his foster mother and me a look that chilled me to the bone. I saw evil in his eyes that day, and if I ever had to choose someone as Most Likely to End Up on Death Row, it was he. As he grew he got into bigger and bigger trouble and ended up in a juvenile detention facility, and the last I heard of him he was in prison for arson and attempted murder.
I too think bullying is part of the problem, but for my money the general coarsening of our culture is mainly responsible for this. Kids have access to all sorts of video games in which killing is celebrated. It's OK to use horrible language and watch violent movies. Too many parents neglect to teach their offspring how to accept disappointment and failure as a normal part of life; they don't get the idea that the world doesn't owe them something just for breathing. With this entitled attitude, some fail to grow a conscience, and we end up with...this. Murder, death, bodies, blood. Over and over and over again.
This is a complex issue that has so many factors that we may never be able to sort it all out. We don't have a gun problem so much as we have a *heart* problem. The guns are just a means to an end for mass murderers. Perhaps there would be fewer dead if criminals used knives or machetes or baseball bats instead of guns. But for someone who's bound and determined to hurt or kill people, there are plenty of weapons of all kinds around, including explosives. That kid who committed yesterday's killings also reportedly planted bombs around the school which could have killed many, many more. How do you control that? Anyone who wants to make explosives can get bomb-making instructions on the Internet, even easier than buying a gun.
I don't know what the answer is. I'm not sure there IS one, at least not a single answer to all the bloodshed. All I know is that as long as violence and lack of respect for our fellow humans continue to be par for the course in America, these murders will keep happening and the body count will keep rising.