(Tea Party 247) – Mass shootings are horrible, tragic events. The shooters are depraved individuals with no regard for human life, including their own. The events are unpredictable and the causalities are always too many. Within the last five years, politicians have used these events in attempts to push their agendas on the masses. While putting on faux compassion they, along with news reporters, push liberal narratives like “guns kill people” and “guns are the problem.”
The mainstream media leftist propaganda machine uses the opportunity to demonize President Trump instead of the actual shooter. They claim that it’s Trump’s fault that another human decided to open fire in a public space killing multiple people. Trump’s “hateful rhetoric” is the problem, they say. He is “divisive” and needs to be “stopped.” They claim the shooters have been inspired by him and if it weren’t for him and his “example” these murderers never would have fired a single shot.
They say all of this despite the fact that the most recent shootings do not support these claims at all. The Dayton shooter was an Elizabeth Warren supporter. Was that shooting her fault? Of course not. The El Paso shooter wrote up in his “manifesto” that his actions were NOT inspired by Trump. He expressly stated he believed the media would blame Trump anyway and he was right. The media has marched on, vigorously, with their false narratives blaming Trump for the violence carried out by others.
The fact is, if we took the time to understand the REAL reason why some people decide to shoot up public places we could better prevent them. Politicians aren’t interested in actually preventing these tragedies thought. They don’t really impact their lives and it’s more important to push their agendas then consider what actions need to be taken to effect real change. Liberals are anti-gun. Period. Any possible solutions that do not involve banning guns just won’t work for them, no matter how logical and effective they may be.
In an article called, “Here’s What a Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966” the author points out the that most mass shooters share some areas of commonality. If we look at the past we can better prepare for the future and possibly prevent more senseless deaths. Here are the four areas of commonality, according to the above mentioned article:
First, the vast majority of mass shooters in our study experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. The nature of their exposure included parental suicide, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and/or severe bullying. The trauma was often a precursor to mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, thought disorders or suicidality.
Second, practically every mass shooter we studied had reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. They often had become angry and despondent because of a specific grievance. For workplace shooters, a change in job status was frequently the trigger. For shooters in other contexts, relationship rejection or loss often played a role. Such crises were, in many cases, communicated to others through a marked change in behavior, an expression of suicidal thoughts or plans, or specific threats of violence.
Third, most of the shooters had studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives. People in crisis have always existed. But in the age of 24-hour rolling news and social media, there are scripts to follow that promise notoriety in death. Societal fear and fascination with mass shootings partly drives the motivation to commit them. Hence, as we have seen in the last week, mass shootings tend to come in clusters. They are socially contagious. Perpetrators study other perpetrators and model their acts after previous shootings. Many are radicalized online in their search for validation from others that their will to murder is justified.
Fourth, the shooters all had the means to carry out their plans. Once someone decides life is no longer worth living and that murdering others would be a proper revenge, only means and opportunity stand in the way of another mass shooting. Is an appropriate shooting site accessible? Can the would-be shooter obtain firearms? In 80% of school shootings, perpetrators got their weapons from family members, according to our data. Workplace shooters tended to use handguns they legally owned. Other public shooters were more likely to acquire them illegally.
So, as you can clearly see, political figures are not mentioned here. As a matter of fact, politics in general are not mentioned. If anything, the mainstream media is to blame versus any political figures. When you take all of those factors into consideration it forces us to have a conversation about things like mental health and increased security measures instead of bashing Donald Trump.
If we want to prevent mass shootings, the first step we NEED to take is to step up security in public places. Make police officers, with guns, visible. Make it known that there are no “gun-free” zones and if you open fire, you may be met with someone else with a gun ready and willing to take you down. While most mass shooters are suicidal themselves, their goal is to murder as many people on their way out as possible. They strategically plan their attacks and they would most definitely be deterred if they knew that others could have guns and their attack could be cut short or thwarted altogether.
Holding the media accountable would also have a huge impact. They provide the blueprints for mass shooters with their 24/7, round-the-clock news coverage of every mass shooting that occurs. What worked for the shooter, what didn’t, what kind of guns they used, where did they shoot from, the details of the shooting locations, everything a potential shooter would need to analyze to carry out a mass shooting. The media is literally helping mass shooters plan and prepare their shootings and they are demonstrating the level of notoriety you earn by successfully carrying one out. Hold the media accountable.
There are many other things lawmakers could do through policies and legislation but that would mean actually getting to work. Politicians would rather squabble with each other, ignore the American people, and maintain the status quo. It’s time for us to hold THEM accountable.