Why Do People Do This? … Pain


I am so confused right now, it seems every time that I turn on the TV or get on Twitter there is information about a shooting somewhere in America. I figured it was time to break this down, so the information that is out there would be in a clear way. I will include links to the sites that I go to for the information when possible.

First off: From the 1st of January 2016 to the time the article was written on June 12th, 2016 there had been 164 days in the year and 133 Mass Shootings. (http://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-calendar-june-2016 ) Now what the article considers mass shooting is where a single event where more than 4 people were shot. (Not everyone at the attacks has passed on.) Another site that I found let me put in my own search information:  so I put in the last week, July 1st 2016 to July 7th 2016, more than 4 victims and got scared real fast. There had been 5 in the time frame that I put in. (http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ ) And at the top of the information section that I got had this disclaimer ‘ SEARCH RESULTS

Thanks for your interest in our statistics! Unfortunately, we must limit result sets for the general public. If you would like more information or the full result set, please send an email with your name, organization, project and needs to inquiry@gva.us.com. ‘ which means there is more information out there that we don’t have.

Second off: Some people are going to say that I am an anti – weapons person and that isn’t it. I am a person who feels that people need to find other ways to deal with their anger or whatever the problems are.  There are other ways to deal with their temper or what is bothering them.

Third off: If a country like Australia can cause their gun related mass shootings to go to ZERO what is so different with the US?  The article that I found was from CNN on June 23, 2016. (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/health/australia-gun-law-reform-study/ )


I remember a movie that was done by Michael Moore called ‘Bowling for Columbine’. It was done after the school shooting had happened at Columbine High School in Colorado. There were several things that stood out to me on that one. This was about a serious problem in 2000 and the movie came out in 2002. One thing was that everyone kept saying that the music was the problem. Then they went and said that it was because they had listened to Marilyn Manson.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrHFB2KP8fc

This video shows how he got targeted for the way that he looked.

This isn’t meant to be a slam on people who use weapons, America has been a country with them for as long as we have been around. This is meant to say that there has to be a better way to deal with the feelings that we have.  

I have over the years heard it all. It is in our culture that we have so much anger and violence. Reality Check: We are a relatively young country (compared to some others) and we have gone through problems (The Civil War, Civil Rights Movement etc.) but we DON’T have to be this way. The fact is that there is something wrong and I do get scared with the way people react in this country on things like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bQkjH3HH2A This was part of the movie that Michael Moore did. While it is a cartoon format, it shows the problems that we have.

In the end, it comes down to our choices. That is the flaw in the equation, human choice. People make the choice to target someone, people make the choice to pull the trigger, so the question has to be why are they making the choice?


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