December 14, 2012

Thinking about Newtown, and Portland, and College Station, and Oak Creek, and Aurora, and Tuscon...

Across this country, there were 16 mass shootings in the past year.  And, yes, while there is definitely a conversation to be had about gun control laws, I think there's also something else here.

What is going on inside of these men (and they are ALWAYS men) that they feel that the only solution is to go out and kill a bunch of complete strangers before killing themselves?  Yes, some of these guys are clinically unbalanced, and a handful are involved with hate groups, but it seems like the majority of them are just frustrated and upset with the circumstances in their lives.

How did being frustrated and upset become an acceptable justification in, apparently, a growing number of young men's minds for mass murder?  How is it that so many young American men are identifying with Patrick Bateman's final confession.

What is going on here in our country that this feeling is becoming increasingly common?