Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Some Additional Reading on the Guns and the Sandy Hook Shooting

Just a few articles on firearm rights in general, and the Sandy Hook shooting in particular, that have popped up on my radar the last couple of days. 

First, there is this post from the Shot in the Dark blog setting out arguments and specific examples of why semi-automatic rifles and 30-round magazines make a lot of sense for self-defense.

Second, an article at USA Today exploring the impact of society's war on men and boys and mass shootings. It notes, in part:
We respond [to such shootings] by blaming guns, our inattentiveness to mental health, violence in the media or video games, or family values. Yes, all are players, but our daughters are able to find the same guns in the same homes, are about as likely to be mentally ill, have the same family values and are exposed to the same violence in the media. Our daughters, however, do not kill. Why the difference?

Start with suicide. Each mass murder is also a suicide. Boys and girls at age 9 are almost equally likely to commit suicide; by age 14, boys are twice as likely; by 19, four times; by 24, more than five times. The more a boy absorbs the male role and male hormones, the more he commits suicide.

No manly model

For boys, the road to successful manhood has crumbled. In many boys' journey from a fatherless family to an almost all-female staff elementary school such as Sandy Hook, there is no constructive male role model.

Adam Lanza is reported to have gone downhill when divorce separated him from his dad. Children of divorce without enough father contact are prone to have poor social skills; to struggle with the five D's (depression, drugs, drinking, discipline and delinquency); be suicidal; be less able to concentrate; and to be aggressive but not assertive. Perhaps most important, these boys are less empathetic.And just while their bodies are telling them that girls are the most important things in the world, these boys are locked into failure. Boys with a "failure to launch" are invisible to most girls. With poor social skills, the boys feel anger at their fear of being rejected and self-loathing at their inability to compete. ...
 The third article doesn't have any answers, but raises some disturbing issues of a causal connection between certain medications and mass killings, looking at both men and women, and wonders why the media hasn't pursued this lead.

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