We’ll start with a warning. What follows is politically incorrect.
We’re going to profile a large group of Americans. Somebody will get offended.
But we will speak the truth. We wish it happened more often.
Who knows… it just may save a few lives.
Here’s what we know as the truth. The number of mass shootings is surging in America. If the number of attacks continues at its current pace, this decade will mark yet another despicable record.
Here’s another sad truth… Of the 133 shooters we tallied, all but three were males. (Note that we did not say men – that’s a stricter definition in our mind.)
Almost all were white.
But here’s the troubling part. Despite the media’s insistence that mental illness plays a role, criminologists and forensic psychiatrists say that simply isn’t the case.
Very few of these shooters had diagnosable illnesses like psychosis or schizophrenia. In fact, contrary to mainstream belief, entirely eliminating the effects of mental illness would reduce overall violence by just 4%.
As usual, the mental illness excuse is little more than a politically correct crutch our lawmakers have leaned on because they don’t have the guts or the intellect to tackle the real issues.
Tossing a blanket over mental illness is merely the path of least resistance. It’s something the lawmakers can agree on… without risking a slew of votes.
The real issue – going back to our profiling – is that something is wrong with today’s men.
There’s a very real shift in the trends and very real evidence that something is horribly broken in our society.
And it’s not just the shooter at fault.
Far from it.
The Lone Wolf
Get this… from 1930 to 1960, most mass shootings were “familicides” and felony-related killings. But from 1960 to now, that’s changed.
The typical mass shooting is no longer in the home, aimed at folks related to the killer.
No, it’s in a public place and against unknown bystanders.
Angry young white men are shooting folks they don’t know.
That’s the trend we need to study. That’s where the trouble lies.
We won’t be so bold (or ignorant) as to claim we know the exact cause. Nobody does. But we have our theories.
One of them aims at the fact that nearly every recent killer has been dubbed a “lone wolf.”
The media gives the phrase many meanings. But we believe the term aptly describes a man who lacks a network. It’s a man desperate for a support system. And, to our Triad, it’s a man who has few, if any, critical Connections.
That’s where we stop blaming the shooter and start blaming our collective selves.
You see, somewhere along the way, the idea of “every man for himself” has taken hold.
We see it on our roads as fingers fly and cars veer in front of each other. It doesn’t matter that we’re all neighbors, sharing the same space.
We see it in business – where we argue the stock market would do a whole lot less crashing if the men behind many a leveraged derivative had to sit beside their counterparties at church on Sunday.
And we see it in politics… where a vote speaks far louder than the truth.
No… our cry should not be “every man for himself.”
It must be “no man left behind.”
If we took that approach – the idea behind this passion project of ours – the lone wolves wouldn’t be so angry. There’d be less hate. And our society would make much smarter – and less self-serving – choices.
There’s something wrong with modern man.
It’s killing us.
We must stick together. No man shall be left behind.