Mass 'harmers' in America
Mr. Editor, I believe I have a way to accurately predict who could be the next (and succeeding) mass "harmer" in America. Getting more specific, it might be a male born in the U.S. (or not), under the age of 60, and someone who is not feeling a lot of love these days (or for that matter, for a very long time). Let's have a few more details, so we can better prepare ourselves, OK?
Look for someone who is an attention seeker, for we know that even negative attention is better than no attention at all. Zero in on those who feel alienated, disrespected, unheard, not cared about, frustrated, deprived, bullied (in person/online), those showing signs of quiet (or not so quiet) desperation, those who feel hopeless, helpless and afraid, the broken, the fragile, those wanting to leave a legacy, those who feel they have nothing going for themselves/nothing to lose. It would be a good bet to focus a considerable amount of attention on those males who had no positive male role model in their formative years (the first 30, or so?). That would be a good start.
You might also include the anti-social folks who post diatribes and manifestos online. Sometimes they even offer a detailed plan of what they intend to do! Loners, those who are easily enraged while motoring, those who don't like your looks, your speech, and where you hail from. Those raised in poverty, or abject privilege (the wealthy/those making more than $250,000 annually), those from inner city schools, those whose parents try to buy their kids an education at an "elite" or prestigious school — the list could, and does go on and on.
It's not so much the weapon of choice, but the way one chooses to try and change a perceived or actual wrong, that is our problem. There was a time when the United States was a Christian, God fearing nation — a time when "In God We Trust" meant enough to be deemed our country's motto. It seems that for the last 60 or so years, we have lost our way. We have decided we don't need God, or his son Jesus to be a viable part of our lives. We've lost our dependency on him, but he has never turned his back on us. He is waiting for us to come back to him. The big question is: Will we? Pogo was right: "We have met the enemy and he is us.”
— Bill Kersting, Spencer