School Shooting Incidents: What Do The Shooters Think?

School shooting incidents: what do the shooters think?

School shootings are a sad phenomenon. That’s even worse when we think about how often they happen. Behind these acts is a mental disorder only in 5% of the cases. The rest of the profiles point to other factors.

In most cases, there is physical or psychological abuse, uprooted families, bullying at school, parents with criminal records, and most importantly access to firearms and the culture associated with them.

Following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, President Trump tweeted:

“There were so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed. He had even been expelled from school for bad and unpredictable behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Such cases must always and again be reported to the authorities!”

It is true that Nikolas Cruz fit the risk profile perfectly. He was a suspended and marginalized student. He also regularly expressed his fascination with firearms. Yet there is something much deeper at the root of this phenomenon.

It is something much darker and deeply rooted. Moreover, it also transcends mental health. It is something that includes every social organism of American society itself. Now let’s look at this in detail.

Shooting incidents in schools, a social problem

Shooting incidents in schools, a social problem

Nikolas Cruz, 19 years old, has taken the lives of 17 classmates from his high school.  More than ten children were also injured. We can add his name to the long list of individuals armed with frustration, anger and contempt who carry out a deadly plan.

It’s a plan where they mercilessly target their peers and teachers and shoot them. They are guided by their fascination with weapons and see them as the only answer to their problems.

This may be surprising. However, every month there is a shooting incident or incident involving weapons in the schools of the United States. In 2012, Adam Lanza killed 20 people (children as young as 7 years old and their teachers).

Since then, there have been 239 shooting incidents in schools. All this translates into 438 injuries and 138 deaths in the last 6 years.

Senators, groups and public figures who oppose the use of firearms continue to press for a very concrete fact. The number of mass murders is increasing every year. This is no coincidence. Nor is it bad luck or an epidemic of mental disorders.

What happens to school shootings in the United States is the result of a society that doesn’t act. After all, the people who commit these crimes have not only the opportunity but also the means.

Nor is it just a matter of discussing whether or not to ban or restrict the use of weapons. This discussion is important in itself. However, it is also a priority to thoroughly check what these shooters are thinking.

Why do they resort to such an attack? Why do they use guns or firearms as a way to vent their anger or their problems?

The profile of killers in school shooting incidents

The profile of killers in school shooting incidents

There is a before and after of the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School. It raised awareness of a reality that drew attention to the violence in the United States.

Moreover, it meant that new measures were taken in schools. Schools held target practice. The aim was to teach students and staff how to react in these situations. It also made the intelligence community take these types of mass killings and the motivations behind them more seriously.

Characteristics of the perpetrators

In 2000 , experts developed a psychological profile to better understand the mental architecture of these killers. These would be the main characteristics of the perpetrators:

  • The gunmen carefully prepare the attacks. They are not accidental acts or the result of a moment of spiritual alienation.
  • 80% of people have suffered from bullying. Their lives are an accumulation of abuse, torment and high emotional pressure that comes from the environment of their own peers.
  • A high percentage belong to a broken family where one of the parents has a criminal record.
  • People without mental disorders commit 95% of the murders. So that means that mental illnesses like schizophrenia are not linked to violence.
  • In 100% of the cases there is a direct fascination with weapons. Usually they also openly show examples of this. They can show or disseminate this to their colleagues via social networks.
  • The violence among these young people, some of whom are even children, is not accidental or sudden. In reality, this is like a complicated, slow but powerful process that has built up in their minds over time.
  • Violent stimuli can surround them. Combined with environmental stress and distorted thoughts, those stimuli often build a dehumanized mental armor within themselves. That emotional coldness eventually leads them to view murder as a reward and even a justifiable escape route.
What is the solution for school shooting incidents

So what is the solution for shooting incidents in schools?

A Republican senator rushed to venture a verdict. He claimed that the solution to school shooting incidents is very simple. We give weapons to good men so that they can confront those evil young people who try to harm their classmates.

However, arming (alleged) ‘good’ men would only fuel the same vicious circle. This would prove once again that the use of weapons is the best way to resolve a conflict.

The culture of violence feeds the violence itself. The other virus is institutional, educational and social neglect. We have a country here that makes the use of weapons the essence of its identity. Obviously this is not the right way. The medical and pedagogical community therefore points to an important aspect.

It is necessary to engage more psychological attention for the students. Here and there they can handle, sense and prevent these kinds of situations.

With the help of psychologists and social workers, we can take better care of these people. In one way or another, they often send warning signals. They are hints that we should address as soon as possible to avoid multiple shooting incidents in schools. Don’t forget that they occur every month. 

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