Like with just about any other problem, when it comes to school shootings we only look at the surface – was the shooter mentally unstable? Did he come from a broken family? Was he not popular in school? Did he have trouble meeting girls? Unfortunately – we don’t bother to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. One of the most fundamental reasons for these manifestations of passionate anger is the suppression of negative emotions. Expressing criticism, disdain, displeasure, hate has been labeled as completely socially improper and unpopular. Unless it’s on TV or in the newspapers, no one wants to hear to talk about anything negative in their spare time, If you bring up anything negative in any social gathering, you are perceived as a pessimist, a hater, and someone who kills other people’s buzz who “just want to have a good time.”
Not everyone can handle not having an outlet to their negative emotions. Often, a mass shooting is a human soul’s desperate cry-out for attention and change. I am in no way justifying any kind of violence. I am simply trying to explain where the shooters are coming from.
As long as we continue to be excessively and unrealistically positive, and as long as judging and criticizing remain a taboo, we can expect more mass violence in its various forms. It is only when we provide the people of all ages and walks of life, and not just a few journalists, with a meaningful forum to express all their anger and frustration, we will be able to address and eliminate mass shootings and alike violence at their core.