American Elephants

Are Murders Becoming Fashionable? by The Elephant's Child
January 8, 2023, 6:40 pm
Filed under: Politics

I continue to be troubled by the current fashion for murders. A nice mass murder gets the perpetrator right at the top of the daily news, understandably. but that is not a good thing, and is what the mass murderer seems to be seeking — being at the top of the daily news.

As far as we can tell from the press reports, the reasons for the mass murders remain unknown. Not personal animus, not retaliation for anything, we simply do not know why they are doing this. Killing another person is a terrible act, everybody knows that deeply. So what impels someone to kill and not just kill one person, but a whole group of people? It’s a truly bizarre act, the killer has to be aware of the societal rejection of such an act.

It’s easy to just slough it off as something not understandable and leave it to the criminal justice system to deal with. It would clearly help if we knew what allows a person to slip over into such a bizarre state. I guess that’s what the whole criminal justice system is all about. Trying desperately to find ways to prevent such acts. Is it somehow simply a plea for societal attention? No idea.

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