Investigators find white supremacy, radical Islam materials in Gilroy shooter’s home. I can imagine, by the way, a really toxic blend of Islamism, white supremacy, and anti-feminism taking hold among a lot of young, marginalized men, given how they’re treated in today’s society.
For its entire history, the US has been awash in firearms. But in the past, even recent past, mass shootings were not common. Yet in the past 20 years, they have become somewhat common. Is there a common thread? Well, except for the Islam based shootings, it seems that they were mostly by mentally disturbed young men. But this is being ignored.
Of course the left want to take guns away in order to make the population more compliant, these incidents are useful in that regard they believe; but that is not what this post is about. Rather it asks the question as to where these disaffected young men come from in today’s world. The emphasis is on “today’s”. What is different now compared to before?
Some professionals (hopefully unbiased) should dig into all of the recent cases and attempt to figure out what might be behind it. There might be some resistance, as wailing about guns is too much fun. Furthermore, many suspect where such an analysis might lead, and do not want that discussed in the open.
We can speculate though. Probably it all starts when the fellas being boys, and surely not being popular, not fitting in well. This is no doubt worse than it was 50 or 100 years ago, as children were a bit more attuned to the world then, as their parents situation probably drove home to them. As such, they were probably less prone to ridicule of boys who might not fit in particularly well. In the olden days, as boys matured they were expected to get a job and start making money. Young women were attracted to this at the time. The better they did at work, the better woman they could attract. So there was marriage soon enough for many. All of this resulted in acceptance by their peers and most importantly, sex. Furthermore there were lots of community organizations to be part of, churches, fraternal organizations, etc. leading to more acceptance by their peers.
Fast forward to today. Boys often grow up with incessant ridicule in school. They are ignored/disrespected by the teachers/school. Maybe they can get a job upon graduation, but where does that lead? In the late teens and twenties the sex drive in men is strong. Maybe the relieve themselves to pr0n, but that is a solitary affair, leading to more isolation and frustration. Perhaps they try to interact with women, but it doesn’t go well. They can see the unfairness of it all, these women by virtue of just existing (not by work/virtue/effort) have this power over them which they wield mercilessly (from the fella’s perspective). It is pretty easy to see how things might go south fast with these young men.
Exit question: if guns in the US were confiscated, how easy would it be to import the European technique of “Big Vehicle Moving Fast In A Crowded Area”?