Gun Madness/When Will It Stop?

I was saddened, sickened and outraged when I saw on the media yesterday that yet another gun nut went off on a shooting rampage at a school, this one at a small community college in a rural Oregon town…I refuse to mention his name, because I firmly believe that publicity is perhaps the major part of what these psycho killers crave, a reason for them to perpetrate their twisted, sick deeds…He got his intense, perverted, filthy blood drenched 15 minutes of fame because of some imagined social outrages that justified, to him, his sick, insane actions, killing at least 9 innocent young college students and wounding 7 others……

This particular killer, unfortunately the latest in a series of other school shooters, was an Army dropout who studied mass murderers….This seems to be a clear and repeated pattern; these mass murderers, usually young white males, read about and are inspired by the mass media coverage of previous mass murderers, and they try to emulate or exceed them in their vile and despicable actions….A total media blackout of their names and details of their heinous crimes is possible and should be implemented immediately after the incident is first reported…. It may help some, but nothing can help the innocent victims….

People take part in candlelight vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon October 1, 2015. A gunman opened fire at a community college in southwest Oregon on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven others before police shot him to death, authorities said, in the latest mass killing to rock an American campus. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS2PA1

Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Kevin Crawford embraces his wife, Pam, during a candle light vigil for those killed during a shooting at Umpqua Community College, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, about the shooting at the community college in Oregon. The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., about 180 miles south of Portland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Even President Obama was frustrated in his news conference after the attack about the fact that this sort of extreme acting out in such a violent, senseless tragedy has unfortunately become “routine.” Murder should never be routine, and these right wing NRA gun nuts and their heavily subsidized stooges in Congress who thwart any meaningful gun reform set the stage for even more guns to be dispersed throughout the country by refusing to address the issue and admit the simple fact that there are just too many guns in this country already….

The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself. The gunman, who will go unnamed, died during a shootout with police; he wore a flak jacket and brought at least six guns and five extra ammunition magazines to school for Thursday’s rampage. Investigators said Friday they found another seven guns at the apartment he shared with his mother.

The weapons had all been purchased legally over the past three years, some by him, others by relatives, said Salinas Nunes, assistant field agent in charge for the Seattle division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms! Those who knew him described him as a deeply troubled loner. Social media profiles suggested he was fascinated by the Irish Republican Army, frustrated by traditional organized religion and that he tracked other mass shootings….Again, the publicity/notoriety factor seems to have been a major impetus for his actions…

Authorities respond to a report of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Michael Sullivan /The News-Review via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

A patient is wheeled into the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy was under extreme stress dealing with victims from the shooting at Umpqua Community College and regular patient admittances. (AARON YOST/THE NEWS-REVIEW)

Umpqua Community College interim president Rita Cavin pauses as she speaks to the media after a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon October 1, 2015. A gunman opened fire at a community college in southern Oregon on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others before he was shot to death by police, state and county officials said, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school. There were conflicting reports on the number of dead and wounded in the shooting rampage in Roseburg, which began shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT). REUTERS/Steve Dipaola - RTS2O6B

ROSEBURG, OREGON - OCTOBER 1: Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin speaks at a press conference October 1, 2014 in Roseburg, Oregon. Hanlin confirmed that 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College. (Photo by Michael Lloyd/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, he walked into a campus classroom and opened fire, shooting a teacher and students, many repeatedly. Survivors described a classroom of carnage, and one said he ordered students to state their religion before shooting them. The Army said the gunman flunked out of basic training in 2008. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ben Garrett said the killer was in the military for a little over a month at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, but was discharged for failing to meet the minimum standards.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has said repeatedly that he and his deputies are not going to say the shooter’s name because that’s what he would have wanted.“I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act,” said a visibly angry Hanlin.

A hero in this sick and deadly murderous rampage has emerged, and he and his name SHOULD be publicized to the world…… Chris Mintz, 30, was shot seven times during the Thursday rampage, but he says his main concern is about the others who were injured. The student and Army veteran who witnesses say charged the shooter at a community college in Oregon is alert and awake at the hospital as he recovers.

“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” he told ABC News this morning.”I’m just worried about everyone else. The man’s actions in the fatal shooting, where 10 people died and seven, including himself, were injured, did not go unnoticed by his peers.

“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,'” witness Hannah Miles told ABC News.”He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don’t know what happened to him,” she said of Chris Mintz.

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Even though I live in California, I am a conservative, not a knee jerk liberal…I was raised in the mid west and have a healthy respect for legitimate hunters who hunt legally for sport, or for farmers who must protect their livestock from predators….But this recent parade of slimy cowards murdering innocents has a definite pattern behind it…

According to the Huffington Post: “In most cases, there’s a long trail leading up to the actual act of violence,” said Peter Langman, a psychologist who has studied mass shooters. “Many mass shootings are motivated by revenge or envy. That’s why many take place at a school or a workplace where shooters felt rejected.

In addition, killers often exhibit risk factors that are generally tied to criminality: a history of abuse or ineffective parenting, a tendency to set fires or hurt animals, a sadistic streak, and self-centeredness and a lack of compassion.They also tend to be obsessed with guns, violent video games or movies. Overwhelmingly, mass shooters are men,” Langman said

“These kids often feel very powerless. The one way they can feel like they’re somebody, that they’re a man, is to get a gun and kill people.”Our culture and media (such as violent movies and video games) only reinforce the notion that manhood is about attaining power, and social and sexual status. Violence is glorified as a way to get that power, he said.”There is that cultural script that a lot of kids are very influenced by. We don’t have a lot of alternative cultural scripts for males in terms of popular media,” he said.

Each mass shooting also holds the potential to spawn others, because other would-be shooters see stories about the crimes in the newspaper, and may want to emulate them”…It’s only these kids who are really fundamentally struggling with their own identities”…. “Those really vulnerable kids who are the ones who will take a movie or video game that 10 million other kids would watch and play and take as a guide for how to live their lives.”

Even so, psychologists stress the importance of preventing these massacres before they happen. One step in that direction might be to help the kids who do feel the burden of social isolation and feelings of insignificance, regardless of whether they will ever snap.”It’s not so much to catch shooters, because we know that’s very difficult, but actually to address very widespread problems that reach millions of kids,” Katherine Newman, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, told Live Science in July.

This last comment fits in with a conversation I had with a friend this morning about the killings….She was of the opinion that it all started at home, and that the parents were ultimately responsible…I could not help but agree with her, because almost all these mass murderers are described as withdrawn loners with violent tendencies…Can’t more parents pay more attention to their kids, notice these patterns in their children at an earlier age, can’t they do something to bridge the emotional gap and isolation before it overflows into violence?

So to sum up, I believe there are 3 things we can do to help stem this tide of violence:

1) Parents please monitor your children more carefully, and pay attention to their emotional needs….
2) The media must stop glorifying these killers by publicizing their names and gory details of their sick, twisted revenge against society; a virtual blackout after the fact may work wonders…..
3) Finally let’s work to get so many guns off the street…Why not include a mandatory psychological profile for any potential gun buyer? The hammerlock the NRA has over Congress must be removed….

Unfortunately, this is just another day in America…and a rousing round of gratitude to Chris Mintz, a true American hero who just did what he felt was the right thing to do without fear or hesitation…..Please, Stop the Madness!

For more information on this latest tragedy, see “School Shooting” at Yahoo.com

For more information about generalized similar acts of violence, see “Mass Shooting Psychology, Spree Killers Have Consistent Profile” at the Huffington Post

For more articles by John Whye, click on http://www.johnwhye.com

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