Here is someone’s 7 Simple Steps to Eliminate School Shootings Overnight. These are immediate physical steps that could be taken. Whether turning schools into armed camps is a good idea, I don’t know. It seems to be surrendering to the core problem.
And the core problem is? Steve Soukup takes a shot at that in School Shootings and Nothingness:
The link between young men and violence has long been established and is about as close to proven as anything in the social sciences can be. Young men are prone to violence. And in every generation, a certain percentage of those young men are going to deviate from societal norms and become a rather serious threat to society and its stability. As a general rule, over the last couple of decades, crime has dropped significantly in this country, and violent crime has dropped even more. Crime waves that experts expected never materialized, and most of the nation’s biggest cities remained among the safest in the world.
At the same time, though, the incidence of young men turning to mass murder and committing heinous acts of violence nevertheless became a far more pronounced phenomenon, dominating the public consciousness and driving a political agenda. Unfortunately, this paradox – dropping crime rates but increased frequency of high-profile shooting sprees – is explained at least in part by the fantasies that a handful of these young men create to compensate for the lack of real meaning or real human contact in their lives, to offset the nihilism that plagues their existence.
Psychologists who have studied violence in young men and especially young men’s willingness to forsake everything they know, everything they’ve been taught, and everything they might otherwise believe about right and wrong, say that there is a set of shared circumstances and “revelations” that link spree killers and self-radicalized terrorists. Faced with emptiness of their own lives, isolated from many of their contemporaries, and desperately in search of something substantive to give their lives meaning and purpose, young men – and especially young men who find refuge on the internet and in social media – tend to create fantasy lives for themselves, alternate realities in which they not only find the meaning and purpose they crave, but do so in heroic fashion.
Basically he says nihilism is the problem. And I don’t doubt that atheism is at the root of a lot of this. But consider that these kids are not shooting up banks, bus stops, parades, or even Boston marathons. They are targeting schools, and usually the ones they’ve attended.
I would take a look at what these schools have become. I think the kids all around have become vicious. How many of these school shooters were giving payback at ill treatment and it’s not about nihilistic fantasies of power? And if some alienated yute does have nihilistic fantasies, with violence as the fulcrum, why take it out on fellows of his own age? Shouldn't he have a natural sympathy with those in much the same predicament? Shouldn’t he rather walk into a nursing home and blast up old people?
I do not expect “journalists” to investigate what went on in the schools. That would be “blaming the victim.” But I wouldn’t be at all surprised that the victims were partially to blame. How much actual alienation, instead of befriending, occurred? Conservatives are quick (and rightfully so) not to turn the discussion of morals into a discussion of means (guns). We should also not turn our backs on the possibility that public schools are a wasteland and that kids of all stripes have taken on a higher level of viciousness.
We do see how nutty, angry, and intolerant yutes are now at the college level. And haven’t the school officials been screaming about problems with bullying? Either their sensitivities have been ramped up (which I always thought had been the case…think of the kids getting in trouble for carving a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun) or this “bullying” is the outward sign of a viciousness that today’s libtard teachers (predominantly women) cannot come to grips with.