The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College was about more than guns. America has been flooded with guns for a long time. What has changed to account for such massacres occurring with greater frequency?
One change may be the growth of social media, creating an online community to ease the loneliness of these mentally ill time bombs — and perhaps endorse their perverse fantasies. The community lets the killers know that after the deed, which usually includes their death, they will have lots of people following them.
That said, the access to deadly weapons by the mentally disturbed still plays a part.
Incredibly, guns have been turned into tools of therapy for the very people who shouldn’t get near them.
The bizarre parallel between the Umpqua and Newtown Elementary School mass killers is that both their mothers took them out shooting as some sort of crackpot bonding experience. Both filled their homes with unsecured firearms.
And in both cases, the fathers were long out of the picture in the boys’ lives.
The boys were crazy, the mothers were crazy, and the culture is crazy.
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