The media and politicians will try to blame guns and the Right for the college campus shooting that occurred last night, but the key to this comes from the shooter himself:
“I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
All of the non-religious shooting that have taken place in recent years have one thing in common; losers who wanted attention. A mass shooting is a quick and easy way to get that attention.
I suspect a lot of the problem is caused by the recent trend by parents to treat their children like they’re the center of the Universe. Kids are brought up believing it’s all about them and when they enter the real world and find out that nobody really gives a damn about them, bad things start to happen. Add to this the other current trend that tells kids that ‘everyones a winner.’ Kids are praised no matter what they do, get trophies for just showing up and are never exposed to the conflicts that normally take place when you’re growing up. Unfortunately, in the real world, people will judge you on what you accomplish, the trophies go to the achievers and conflicts are an everyday occurrance. Because of overly protective parents and the crazy psycholgist that push this crap, little Johnny and Sally are totally unprepared for reality and don’t have the coping skills to handle it. Somethings got to give and sometimes the frustration is expressed as a mass shooting.
So what do we do?
The first step would be for the media to quit printing and broadcasting the names of the shooters. Much of the glory of the act goes away if no one knows who you are. Since the media can’t be forced to do this because of the First Amendment, it would require them to act responsibly on their own so I suspect this will never happen.
The second step is for parents to get less involved with micro-managing the lives of their children. Let them grow up and have the space to figure out and deal with their own problems. You should be there as a backup to help them with the things they can’t deal with on their own, but should not be running their day to day lives. Give them some space.
The next few days will be annoying as all the usual suspects grandstand to make political hay, but in the end nothing will change and it’s just a matter of time before we go through this all over again.