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#MassShooting perpetrators all share common negative themes in their lives.

These are “inadequacy and isolation.”

In a society dominated by masculinity, those who are isolated and inadequate feel especially weak.

It’s also why mass shooters are mostly men.
Not all #MassShootings are politically motivated.

In the case of #Dayton and the #LasVegasShooting, it’s hard to nail down a specific motive.

But they both shared an isolation and a feeling of inadequacy.

People who knew them said they “kept to themselves.”
The #DaytonShooter was “quiet” and had “hit lists” full of women who’d rebuffed his advances.

The #LasVegasShooter was described as a private person, who was thought to have “desired notoriety” like his father, who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List.”

Inadequacy and isolation.
For those mass shooters who are “politically motivated”, we often hear about them being “radicalized online.”

But I believe that’s secondary.

I think those individuals already had the seeds of a #MassShooting planted.

They simply lacked a target.
Hate groups are full of those who feel that society has rejected them.

Those groups welcome the isolated and inadequate, and give them a sense of belonging.

But solving isolation by joining with a “hate group” almost always leads to a violent radicalization.

In that setting, the only solution for “inadequacy” is to commit an act that will be hailed by their new “friends.”
None of the men who commit #MassShootings had the ability to achieve notoriety through peaceful and honorable means.

They felt isolated and inadequate, so they joined hate groups and created “hit lists.”

And hatched plans to exact revenge on those they believe wronged them.
But violent plans, hate groups, and hit lists, didn’t give them the power they needed to overcome their weaknesses.

They got that from a firearm.

Once they held that firearm, they felt an immediate power over others—the power to end their lives.

But simply realizing that they held that power in their hands wasn’t enough.

They needed to show the world how “powerful” they are by killing as many people as possible.
That’s why the “assault rifle” is the most common weapon used in a #MassShooting.

Killing one or two people wouldn’t adequately display their new “power.”

They need the highest number of casualties to show it.

That’s why they chose military weaponry.
It’s why we need #GunReform.

Military weapons serve one purpose: dominate the enemy.

They’re the last thing we want in the hands of those who view immigrants, POC, or all society, as the “enemy.”

They need to be heavily regulated.

It’s time for #GunControlNow.
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