What can you say on this day after mass murder?
October 2, 2017 7:47pm CST
About sixty people dead, over 500 injured, a wealthy white male with 35 or so guns and even explosives at his house. His baffled brother said that the shooter liked to take cruises, liked high stakes gambling, sent his mom crazy elaborate cookies. Then why? Why murder so many innocent people? Will we ever have an answer to that question? Another question too: Isn't it odd that the shooter in these mass murders in the US is (almost) always a white male? My heart goes out to the wounded, the children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters and friends of theirs as well. Jimmy Carter got in trouble for saying we have a "sick society" when he was president. I think we are even sicker now and it is a very sad day in America.
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• United States
Well I can say it is sad James. And that I do not believe it is going to change for the good but get worse..a sobering thought. I will be off to bed soon..tires me out all this. RIP to all those murdered and healing to the injured.
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Not only today that the world is "sick" since time immemorial, the world was plagued with killings, murderings of mass of people. There's no time or era that the world is at peace. Believe me or not, deep within us, we have the feeling of discordant, the feeling going against the norms. In short there's an opposition in everything. Do you get what I mean? It's Christmas seasons by and by, let there peace and goodwill towards me. Peace be with you.
• Eugene, Oregon
With the weapons available today to the public, mass murder can be committed by one person like this mad man. Never in history have we had that capability. Peace would be good, Christmas or not, but in your country as well as mine, peace is fleeting and hard to find.
• Pleasant Hill, California
I don't think they're always white males. The crazy ones (mass shooters) vary. That older guy and his young protege who shot people out of the trunk of their car were black. The kid who shot up one campus (was it Virginia Tech?) was Asian. Chris Harper Mercer, who shot up a Community College in Oregon, looks multi-racial. The genes that code for mental illness don't care about the genes that code for physical appearance.
• Eugene, Oregon
Still the big majority (54%), 16% by black men (per Newsweek). Even better is this graph (1982 -2017)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
A sick society with a sick president... But that doesn't explain the guy in Edmonton who ran down a traffic cop, got out of his vehicle, stabbed the cop several times, fled, stole a UHaul van and ran down a whole bunch of other people.
A Edmonton police officer was stabbed Saturday evening near Commonwealth Stadium and four pedestrians injured by a fleeing truck in what police are investigating as an act of terrorism.
• Saco, Maine
People never like to hear the truth spoken bluntly, but you're right, as Carter was. The problem is that the actions of the so-called "sick" infect the rest of us like a plague. And it takes a strong person nowadays to swim against the tide. I'd glad that I'm at the end, rather than the beginning, of my life. Not sure how much more I can take of this. This is not the world I was born into. I don't know this place anymore.
• Mangalore, India
Goes to show how an evil person can so easily hoodwink security and authorities to carry out such a deadly act. Here in Kashmir it has become a daily affair by the terror groups to kill soldiers and civilians .. honestly you begin to hate life and mankind when you see innocent people being murdered for no rhyme or reason.