What do Charleston, S.C, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine and the Navy Yard all have in common? A gun was used in each place to commit these heinous acts of terror. However, there is one more thing that each has in common, and is just as obvious at least to me; these shootings were all committed by young to middle aged men, not a single woman among them. Which begs the question, why?
Don’t get me wrong, I do feel that America’s gun laws are far too liberal, but it’s obvious that there are more than just our gun laws at play here. And putting the blame on issues of mental health also falls willfully short of an explanation. Women have just as many mental health challenges as men do and they seem far better at controlling the urge to grab a weapon and act out on their seemingly uncontrolled rage.
Is this the fault of society in general or is the American family dynamic so miscued that we are blind to what male children and young men are learning as they grow up, or would it be better to study how we raise are girls and young women to see if an answer to why they are less prone to violence when they reach adulthood?
Just where does the answer lie? And is it possible that if we find that answer, might we also discover why rape and sexual violence are also so widely prevalent not only in the U.S., but also throughout the world?
It’s certainly something to consider!