Friday, December 14, 2012

When will Gun violence end?

What have we learned from past mass shootings?

I have to send my condolences to the families that lost their children , friends and partners at  Sandy Hook Elementary School. When will Gun violence end? There is no thought that races in my mind how our society that has glorified violence in movies can sustain it's  self .After a whole lot of confusion, the NY PostNY Times and other news outlets have now identified  **Adam Lanza as the suspect in the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut this morning. Altogether, at least 27 people were killed, including 20 children, when the 20-year-old Lanza allegedly walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire. We have had mass shootings before . A friend of mine I was talking to said to me today that it seems to her that this kinda violence seems to be escalating , and each one more horrific . I have to play the escapologist here. Yes , we have always had violence in our American Society . Yes we have always had guns available ,  and for me a historian , and researcher we only have to look at our history as a nation a little deeper . We are all shocked today and forget the long last century of violence . It has always been with us. It's our nation that has fallen asleep because our politicians bicker on what to do about guns . Yet these sorts of headlines are also becoming gut-wrenchingly familiar. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have taken place since 2007. (The Newton school shooting will likely rank second on that list.) Mass killings appear to be on the upswing — even as other types of homicides and violent crimes are becoming less frequent. One source says " David Brooks highlighted this discrepancy back in July. For much of the 20th century there were, on average, a handful of mass killings per decade. But that number spiked in 1980, and kept rising thereafter. In the United States, there have now been at least 62 mass shootings in the past three decades, with 24 in the last seven years alone. This has happened even as the nation’s overall violent crime and homicide rates have been dropping.". 

Conspiracy theorists would note these , As a culture, and I’m specifically speaking about North America, we’re being desensitized to violence and mass death. It seems it’s every other week that we hear about violent incidents and mass shootings at malls, cinemas, schools, and other public places. Zero Hedge has complied a list of mass shootings in the last two decades, and the list is by no means comprehensive. For instance, it doesn’t include the shooting at Eaton Centre Mall in Toronto in early June. 

Adam Lanza was reclusive, painfully shy and intensely bright. He also lived in a house full of guns.

   SO: WHEN our society as a whole is FORCED to confront and WITNESS over and over and over again something as FUNDAMENTALLY shocking as having our young people perpetrating inconceivably horrific mass murders of peers and others on A REGULAR BASIS, as is NOW THE CASE in the present-day United States, then the population as a whole AND on an individual basis to some extent develops an analogous, similar psychological break, and in FACT to some extent develops split personality/multiple personality disorder conditions... READY FOR FURTHER MIND CONTROL PROGRAMMING.
Increased disconnectedness with society and gun availability have become powerful factors in mass murders. 
Social Disconnectedness  1950s studies demonstrated increased alienation and disaffection due to social and industrial changes in Post-WWII America. "The Lonely Crowd," (1950) by David Reisman, et. al. posited a new social trait, the "outer-directed" person who had no traditional or "inner-directed" guides to behavior. Leon Festinger proposed cognitive dissonance theory (1957) where perceptions about the world and ourselves clash, and that discrepancy becomes a tension that can result in irrational or even violent behavior. Thus, outer-directed and cognitive dissonance behaviors become indicators of social alienation in modern society. 
Troll numerous "comments" sections of various web sites and observe the comments that are outrageous, alienated rants against the values and beliefs that characterized the tradition-directed and inner-directed values and beliefs of earlier times. 
Availability of Guns: Assume a jr lawyer is called in by a law firm principal and told she /he has first choice of 2 clients the firm will represent. Client 1 is accused of murder with a knife. Client 2 is accused of murder with a gun. Which client should the jr lawyer choose? The answer is Client 2. Client 1 would be rejected because it would be much more difficult to convince a jury that plunging a knife into a victim was not intentional. But with Client 2, pulling a trigger was a passive action, not being involved in the moment the bullet tore into the victim's flesh. 
Even if social disconnectness and gun availability are powerful factors in mass murders, there is no way to identify potential mass murders and there is no political will to reduce gun availability. It might be thought that if the murders were horrific enough, the public would demand stricter gun control, but even with the murder of a president and successive mass murders, the public is mum. That is the tragedy.

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