UPDATE 8.8.19: Fox & Friends — “Oprah is right about mass shootings, America missing ‘core moral center’.” Host Ainsley Earhardt considers Oprah’s’ comments “absolutely right.” Mass shootings did not happen with such regularity in previous decades, despite guns being available for purchase.
“Churches used to do that… It was a central place you could come to and there was a core center of values about a way of living and being in the world. Until we can return to that, however that is, in whatever form, we will continue to be lost.”
So what did churches teach? What is the bumper sticker lesson we learned in church?
Greater Love Has No One Than This, Than To Lay Down One’s Life For His Friends
Jesus laid down his life for all of us. He accepted ALL our sins. He accepted ALL the sins of the world. This is the ultimate sacrifice; the ultimate act of selfless love.
Shooters are SELFISH. They take the lives of others in a desperate act of immoral and selfish behavior. The seek fame; they lash out in anger — a passive aggressive anger that harms those the shooter does not even know. The shooter is engaged in an “angry, horrible suicide.”
And our society today, American society, is the MOST SELFISH society in the history of the world. We have so many blessings. Citizens just want more — particularly our youth. They want FREE education; FREE jobs; FREE money; FREE healthcare; student debt relief. They expect someone to fix all their problems. They believe they are ENTITLED to the good life. Me! Me! Me! My father was clear with me:
The World Does Not Owe You a Living
In surveys, Millennials claim THEY suffer more challenging conditions than ALL past generations — more than Great Depression babies; more than WWII babies; more than those who lived under the threat of nuclear war. Every generation struggles.
“Whatever you want to say, when you’ve got drifting young men gripping for fame and purpose with no moral center, church or otherwise, they find a way to get their hands on something legally or illegally that me as a legal gun owner should continue to have the right to have … That’s why I love what Oprah’s talking about. People without purpose can be very dangerous.”
Our younger generations have no purpose. They are selfish. “Ask not what this country can do for you; ask what you can do for this country.” There is plenty to do. Get.To.Work.
The shooters feel unloved and unwanted. Love our boys. Help them find a productive purpose. Love all our children. Teach them to serve. In service, we find the greatest reward of all — helping others. We also learn not to be selfish.
UPDATE 8.6.19: NPR — Jillian Peterson, criminologist at Hamline University in Minnesota and founder of The Violence Project, has interviewed living mass shooters in prison and people who knew such perpetrators and has found that these individuals often start out feeling suicidal. [source]
“We can show about 80 percent were actively suicidal prior to the shooting,”
Jillian Peterson, The Violence Project
Peterson says in very rare cases, a tiny minority of people considering suicide go down the path of violence toward others. She considers mass shootings as a form of suicide.
“They’re angry, horrible suicides that take a lot of people with them. The shooter never intends to live; there’s never a getaway plan. Typically they tend to think of this [as] their kind of last moment.”
Jillian Peterson, The Violence Project
Other researchers have documented the same in studies of active shooters.
“About half of the school shooters I’ve studied died by suicide in their attack. It’s often a mix of severe depression and anguish and desperation driving them to end their own lives.”
Peter Langman, clinical psychologist, Allentown, Pa.
America is NOT loving our boys. They grow into angry men.
UPDATE 8.5.19: Wall Street Journal — Nearly all mass shooters have been young men alienated from society, these are the killers in our midst. [source]
90% of inmates in jails and prisons are males. Boys and men commit suicide at higher rates than females. Girls and women have strong social networks. Boys and men do not. Boys and men do not let out their feelings; we keep too much inside.
America gives a boy a toy gun at an early age. We are taught to be aggressive and violent to protect ourselves — as society rarely does. The nation prepares us to serve in war or as an officer on the street. We are nurtured with violent video games and movies full of shooting, killing and mayhem.
Most males can handle this; some lose control in the madness. We DO NOT love our boys and men. The Democratic party now says the USA is: Too Male; Too Pale; and Too Stale. We feel unwanted. Many feel overwhelmed by affirmative action policies and the growing anti-male culture.
SOME will protect themselves seeking White or Male Supremacy groups. A gun gives us power, as society walks on our head. This is a deadly combination; many will end up dead. [posted]
Mexico on Sunday threatened to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens after this weekend’s mass shooting in the border city of El Paso.
Of the 20 people gunned down at a Walmart adjacent to the Cielo Vista Mall, at least seven were Mexican citizens. Of the 26 injured in the attack, at least nine were Mexican nationals. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard promised Mexico City will act. [source]
The Foreign Ministry called the attack in El Paso a “terrorist act against innocent Mexicans.”
Why? We All Want To Know
Agent Andre Simons says they have been looking for patterns. Is it accurate to say someone just snapped?
“Not at all. In fact, what we found is that all of the shooters in our study certainly planned and prepared. Many shooters spent almost two years planning their attack.”
Andre Simons, FBI Agent
FBI studies found only 25 percent of active shooters had ever been diagnosed with mental illness, and shooters aren’t typically loners. Twenty-seven percent had significant online interaction.
What are motivating factors are for shooters?
“Usually it’s a desire for some omnipotent control, even if it’s just momentary. There is also a degree of desire for infamy and notoriety.”
Andre Simons, FBI Agent
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UPDATE 8.15.19: The coroner said cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol were found in Betts’ system at the time of the shooting. A pipe device and a clear baggie carrying cocaine was found on Betts’ body.
UPDATE 8.4.19: Can’t even keep up anymore. Second mass shooting in one day; second time in U.S. history. Gunman was 24-year-old Connor Betts, even killed his sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts, among nine others in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio.
On LinkedIn, Betts lists himself as a student at Sinclair Community College and crew member at Chipotle Mexican Grill. He describes himself as “Good under pressure. Fast learner. Eager to overachieve.”
Policy killed Betts less than a minute after he opened fire with a .223-caliber rifle (see below). Betts was wearing body armor and had additional high-capacity magazines.
AR-15 style rifles are one of the “most beloved and most vilified rifles” in the United States. Promoted as “America’s rifle” by the National Rifle Association.
“If Dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute and figure that 26 injured, 9 dead — hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,”
Nan Whaley, Dayton Mayor
UPDATE 8.3.19: Patrick Crusius, 21-year-old White Male from Dallas, killed at least 19 people and injured at least 40, including a four-month-old baby, inside an El Paso Walmart Saturday. Crusius carries a AK-47 style rifle.
Reports on social media indicate a manifesto written by Crusius cited a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” as the motive behind the massacre.
Society continues to seek Thoughts & Prayers. They refuse to acknowledge the truth.
What is the truth? I wrote to a friend on social media. “OMG!!! Americans don’t deserve peace. They are so stupid!” Look at Khary Penbaker’s reaction. There’s an adage about American politics”
In other nations, leaders work to fix the problem; in America, leaders work to fix blame.
Khary blames Trump for the actions of this boy.
What is the truth? Crusius lives in a border state. Thousands of Hispanics are flooding into his community. He sees them everyday. He hears about the illegal immigration on the news everyday.
Trump says Build A Wall. He says demand Immigrants enter legally.
Democrats say Let Them In. They say Illegal Immigration is acceptable.
What does the boy think? Maybe the boy is mad at Democrats for encouraging them come in. Maybe he wants people to follow the law.
Trump doesn’t say shoot anyone, but Trump is talking about a national issue. But Democrats are saying, “Flood American communities.” The response by Democrats likely scares him. He wants to protect his border and his town. The comments from Trump likely scare him. He feels he is being overwhelmed. Both Democrats and Republicans are causing the boy to feel scared.
Trump’s action to slow the flow and demand immigrants Enter Legally likely matters to the boy. The boy likely believes people should follow American law. It is likely he is angry millions of people are entering his state illegally.
Democrats blame Trump. Possibly this makes the boy more angry. He sees Trump as the person trying to reduce the problem. He sees Democrats as the ones making the problem worse. Those on the left are encouraging people to flood into his home town. He picks up a rifle and in his “unstable mental state” does what he can to secure the border.
No sane person shoots people. All mass shooters are “insane.” Yet we send our boys into war zones. This makes them “insane.” Some live with PTSD the rest of their lives. Society is creating this insanity. We are not fixing the problem. We seek only to fix blame. And we are all guilty.
What Is Happening With Boys
Nine-of-ten inmates in prison are male. Boys fill the school-to-prison pipeline. More men and boys kill themselves than females. Roughly 22 veterans die by suicide daily — one every 65 minutes. Some suggest this rate may be an undercount.
Our schools in earliest grades are administrated primarily by women with classes generally taught by women. Women nurture girls. They are sisters to each other as adults. Who is there for our boys?
Boys need exercise. Schools have reduced recess and play time. Women want students to be calm. Boys are naturally more active. They are sent to detention, suspended more often or prescribed drugs to be calm.
Society still demands certain traditional masculine behaviors of boys, such as dominance, self-reliance and competition. Boys aren’t protected from bullies. We are asked to do manual work or tasks alone. We must compete to survive. These are considered traits that lead to toxic masculinity. Society doesn’t want us to be toxic, but raises us to be toxic.
Self-reliance and emotional repression are correlated with increased psychological problems in men such as depression, increased stress and substance abuse. John Fielding, AltRes Director of Risk Management, disparages men who use medical cannabis. He claims they have a vice. He stigmatizes and condescends rather than offer love and compassion.
The Toxic Man
Some women like to use the term toxic when referring to men. Toxic masculinity is defined as adherence to traditional male gender roles that restrict the kinds of emotions allowable for boys and men to express, including social expectations that men seek to be dominant (“alpha male”) and limit their emotional range primarily to expressions of anger.
Kara Kearns, who claims to be a follower of God and committed to furthering love, urged friends to label imperfect dads as “toxic.” She is (was) my hair stylist. I asked her kindly not to speak this way about men. She unfriended me.
The article says:
A man is toxic because of “an addiction, constant excuses for not being there, an irresistible urge to put you down, an indifference or inability to give and receive love, his past, pride, selfishness, the fact that he’s weak or scared.”
A man is toxic because he failed to make a “consistent effort on his part — to nurture and shape you. To influence you with his strength, love and kindness. It was his job to teach you that people don’t leave when things get hard. That people fight for what’s worth fighting for. It was his job to be the one person in the world who would never hurt you.
A man is toxic because he failed to “teach you how not to be afraid, to be open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. A father should make you feel like everything will be okay.”
A man is toxic because he failed to “do his best to make you proud. To be there for your first heartbreak and your last. To help you get back up. To know you: who you love, what makes you happy, what moves you, what your dreams and passions are. To know all the depths of you — and you of him.”
Not the mother; not the woman; not the female. Just the man. Women expect men to continue traditional male roles, which make men toxic. This is Stranger Things, “Upside Down World.”
Toxic masculinity is defined as adherence to traditional male gender roles that restrict the kinds of emotions allowable for boys and men to express, including social expectations that men seek to be dominant (“alpha male”) and limit their emotional range primarily to expressions of anger.
A Boy In Need of Help and Love
Santino William Legan is believed to be the 19-year-old suspect accused of killing three people and wounding several others in a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Most shooters are male and tend to be White. Most claim to be angry.
Legan is of Italian and Iranian heritage. One witness told reporters he’d come face to face with the gunman and asked why he was doing this, “Because I’m really angry.”
“This is crazy. This is actually crazy. How do you shoot at the garlic festival? Like who you got beef with at the garlic festival?”
9 Killed, 39 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings
The garlic festival is an event attended primarily by people with means. Three human beings were tragically killed and a dozen or so wounded. This is a Big Deal of course to privileged people. Three times this number were killed and injured in Chicago.
Happens every week in this poor, minority community. The nation pushes these stories to the back pages. Most shooters are male. Look deeply, they all have “toxic” qualities.
Disenfranchisement of Men
Society is bending over backward to help women. US Women’s Soccer spoke uncivilly and behaved disrespectfully yet their supporters simply respond, “Girls will be girls.” Boys and men are not allowed these privileges.
Society is doing everything it can to boost People of Color. Native Hawaiian activists have blocked construction on TMT, which opens human beings to the wonders of the universe. Authorities are “sensitive” to their lawless behavior. TMT project managers pointed out:
“We’ve funded Akamai with an additional $1.3 million. As of this date, the Akamai Workforce Initiative alumni include 36% women, 25% Native Hawaiians, and 47% underrepresented minorities.”
White males are missing in the list. No funding for them. Does society think we do not notice? We aren’t wanted or helped. It seems America wants us to disappear. What did we do wrong?
Leticia James, Attorney General for state of New York, famously and proudly rallied the Women’s Conference in 2017: the Democratic Party is Too Male; Too Pale; and Too Stale. Historically, a political party would have been skewered (rightly) had it said, “Too many female; too many People of Color.” Democrats have gone astray. It’s okay to block men and Whites.
White boys and men hear this rhetoric every day. Legan posted about a fringe White Supremacist book written in 1890. White males are feeling marginalized. Doors are closing for them. They are pushed out while opportunities are expanded for every other group.
Legan wrote, “Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?” The book calls Jesus the “true Prince of Evil” and claims the natural order is a world at war where the strong vanquish the weak and White men rule over those of color.
Males are generally stronger than women. Thus, they are inclined to prefer a system where might make right. It does in the jungle. In our civilized society today, many White males perceive they are being sent to the back of the line.
Redbeard’s book is described as Social Darwinistic and includes misogynistic and racist principles, such as “claiming the woman and family as a whole are the property of the man and proclaiming the innate superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race”
Legan is angry and he is looking for help. He sought out groups that defend Anglo-Saxon or White culture. Society hears this. It scares people. Groups react by attempting to repress these emotions and outlets.
Solution is to Love Our Boys
Ryan Wallace told NBC News, “I watched him walk up, he raised his gun and started spraying rounds all around. He was walking like he wanted to get stuff done. It was horrifying. He was ready to do some damage.”
Julissa Contreras told NBC News he was rapidly firing, “I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically … He definitely was prepared for what he was doing.”
Miquita Price told the Sacramento Bee, “We were eating and we heard a pop, pop noise and then we heard it again, pop, pop, pop. And then my husband said, ‘It’s shooting,’ and he pushed me down. The pop sounds were clear, and when he stopped shooting I got up and ran for cover over to an Enterprise truck. Me, my husband and a lady and her daughter all ran for cover and as we were running the gunman started back up.”
Miquita added, “The lady, her neck was hit. We see that she’s bleeding and she’s freaking out. I’m freaking out. We are all hiding under this truck and I told my husband, ’We’re safe.’ And he said, ‘No, we’re not safe. The sheriff can’t save us.”
Miquita added, “My husband saw the fire being spit out of the gun. It was a white male and he was in army fatigues. He came out of the food court, and that’s when he opened fire. People were screaming and running. It was chaos everywhere.”
This young man was angry. Being angry at him will not resolve our national problems.
“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everything is Racist
Listen, Donald Trump is a despicable human being. He’s an attack dog on two legs. Some of his policies are good for America. Some bad. This is politics. Yet everything he says and does is given a “racist” label. He attacked White Republicans to win the nomination. He uses the same tactics on Democrats. Their response, “RACIST.”
There’s nothing racist about the post above. Trump is attacking Cummings. Cummings had been attacking Trump. Politics. Nasty politics. But not racist. The truth is Baltimore is the 3rd Most Dangerous U.S. city, as rated by USAToday:
Baltimore, Maryland • 2017 Violent crime rate: 2,027 per 100,000 • 2017 Homicides: 342 • Poverty rate: 23.1% • Unemployment rate: 6.1%
Nancy Pelosi and Democrats piled on. “Racist!”
CNN highlights U.S. Representative Cummings claims the White Male president is racist.
This affects White males. They hear the rhetoric over and over and over; day after day; year after year. Some become frustrated. Toxic males, angry males, racist males, broken males … there are about 330 million Americans — or some 165 million males. If just one percent are violently inclined, there are close to 2 million who may lash out and hurt others. We have over 300 million guns in this country.
We are not caring properly for our boys. Too many are growing into angry men.
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