Two mass shootings happened last week, one in Georgia, the other in for the 2nd time since I’ve been writing Peaceful Rampage, Colorado. Once again, the same old quotes and rhetoric gets churned out in the aftermath.
Our thoughts and prayers go with the victims.
We need more gun control.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Let teachers carry guns in school.
Marilyn Manson’s music drove them to it.
It seems that once again, little attention is paid to the actual shooter. Yes, it is said they were disturbed, and had mental problems but this is used to try to justify it away. In both cases, both shooters had metal health issues. The one in Georgia stated the reason he shot up three massage parlours in Atlanta was because he wanted to rid himself of temptation. It turns out that he frequented such places. Now I wonder and I’m simply speculating here. Was the shooter from a religious background? It could be that his religious teaching conflicted with his carnal desires and that could have been what made him snap. Having been brought up in a religious home, I have had experiences with conflicts like this in my past but not so much that I wanted to gun down any places for adult entertainment. It is quite clear to me that this man had some serious mental health issues.
The shooter in Colorado had mental issues to the point that his brother was deeply concerned for him. The brother stated that the shooter had a history of paranoia and anti-social behaviour and was bullied in high school. Before I continue, I should point out that he was from a family who immigrated from Syria in 2002 but so far, there has been no evidence that he had become radicalized or was even anti-Trump. However, he did state on his now deleted Facebook page and to his teammates on the wrestling team that he felt he was targeted because of racism and Islamophobia. This cocktail is a dangerous mix in terms of mental health.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way justifying the actions of these two young men. Taking lives indiscriminately is not the answer to any problem, even bullying. For me, these tragic events prove that there is not enough being done to tackle mental health concerns. Maybe if there were procedures in place in both of these cases, there was someone who could have genuinely listened to their concerns and put in place strategies, then maybe they wouldn’t have snapped and carried out such atrocities. Shameless link to my book: In “He Was Weird,” it is clear to teachers and psychologists that there was something not right with Mark’s mental state. Unfortunately, it is only because of his bad grades that the concerns arise and little attention paid to Mark’s mental health in general and the horrendous bullying he suffers. My conclusion: there needs to be much more done in the field of mental health.
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