No, all the mass shooters are NOT Democrats/Republicans (yes, most are male…and there is a reason for that)

Recently saw a claim that all of the 2018 mass shootings had a link to the alt-right.  And in past years the claim has been made that most have had links to the left.

Often it is hard to determine, unless there are blatant outbursts, manifestos, etc. And often, it is those for which we have those, that we can easily identify.  Yet, oddly, these often disappear.  Their posts, tweets, facebook pages are taken down.  No determination made.  In regards to those under 18, they are too young to register to vote. But often there are patterns.  Democrat children often follow parents, likewise Republican.

For those older, I find it odd how nearly impossible it is to find voting registration records of shooters. (But perhaps that is because I believe that once you commit such a heinous crime, you give up all pretense to privacy rights of publicly held information.)

Here is a list of mass shootings. This corresponds to most of the red dot maps that circulate online. But if you read thru the list, you suddenly realize that 90% are gang shootings, bar fights, love triangles, etc.  Not what most are thinking of when we say a “mass shooting”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2018

To most of us, we mean a shooting in which hapless strangers are tragically targeted and/or murdered.  Either due to a political viewpoint or from a combination of isolation and mental illness.  I’ve tried to review most of those below.

There are some other relevant aspects related to the typical mass shooter. Many come from fatherless or broken homes.  And most endure significant isolation. This is a cause of concern that is often passed over, dismissed as a sex only “Incel” issue. If we are open to it, it may  in fact be one of the leading contributing factors.  Social issues affecting males in our society are routinely ignored. Often flat out dismissed on the grounds of privilege.  However, privilege in and of itself does not nullify legitimate issues of concern.

For example, the quantity of positive touch that the average American male receives is extremely low.  Many men goes days, weeks, even months without any significant affirming touch. (Let’s define significant as a “minimum” of 30 seconds of positive affirming platonic touch. A two second handshake or greeting hug does not count.)  Studies have shown that such isolation corresponds to increased incidents of violence.  Now, the comment retort is “toxic masculinity” is the problem. Perhaps it is a leading factor, but it is far from exclusive. Many males report that they do try to express their emotions, their struggles, their hardships. Societies response, both from men and women, is largely to silence, reject, ignore, or isolate the individual.  The more a man struggles in our society (be it an injury, illness, or series of unfortunate events), the more he finds that he has no friends, no supporters, and that he is now deemed ineligible to date.  Men are not allowed to reveal their struggle, not so much by toxic men, but rather by women.  It is often women who enact the harshest punishments toward men who reveal weakness or failure.

The result of this isolation, that so many wonder as to why it leads to this sort of violence. Or why are nearly ALL shooters “men”.   What role does this isolation play?

Imagine if you will, that you are in my shoes.  A divorced father, with three children whom you love very much.  You’re a devoted father.  A doting father.  But despite being in the top 1% of fathers, you still have had your children taken from you because you have a penis.  You spent tens of thousands of dollars just fighting to maintain a 50/50, every other week, custody. On top of losing access to most of your children’s lives.  Never getting to enjoy moments you spent years dreaming of…you also find yourself enslaved economically to your ex-spouse. Duplicity in the handling of the financial metric leaves you paying nearly double what the state says you should. You find yourself working 40 hours or more at a demanding job, commuting 2-3 hours a day, continually exhausted.  And what for?  You get but two weekends a month with your kids, and perhaps a few isolated visitation windows in the week.  Then what? What happens on that bit of free time you find yourself left with?  You seek out social engagement, comradery, friendship, romantic interest.  But it eludes you…

Most of the people you encounter are involved in relationships, dragging along a 3rd wheel rarely is popular.  Social engagements, well in your 40’s many of those involve the need for $$$ (which you have in very short supply).  Friendship and comradery…but you’re single. Okay, so go to singles focused activities.  Only to find that you’re ineligible. NO ONE, wants to date someone with all your baggage. An ongoing divorce (after 5 years), three children (which are your life, and whom you are NOT simply going to brush aside), and financial challenges despite having downsized your life to a mobile home and 15 year old vehicles.

The result?  It is not uncommon for me to go weeks or even months without ANY non-family touch.  Maybe I enjoy 2-3 nights a year in which I get to cuddle with someone, watch a movie, and spend the night in each others arms. And no, that’s not a euphemism for sex. I am talking platonic touch.

On top of all this, you are very aware that you have internal issues as well. You don’t find yourself abandoned from your marriage, your children largely taken away, and not have a broken heart.

You think, oh this is common…let me see what resources are out there to help.  This is where it gets really depressing, as you discover nearly no resources exist for you.  Almost every site is worded for women, none even recognize you as a victim of abuse.  Meanwhile, time passes….years pass.  You’ve worked on yourself. You still try to be upbeat while hiding all the stuff going on in the background of your life. Because you’ve realized those negative events have to be handled on your own. Exposing them will simply cause you to be further abandoned.  And you can already count on your hand how many people visited and hung out with you last year.

So what happens. Most of ones life in a cubicle at work. No one visits.  No on ever touches you. You post about just needing a friend to visit during a hard week, hang out, watch a movie, share a beer, laugh….no one comes.  They’re all too busy, often with others, most often with partners. One day, something really bad happens. You begin to write a suicide note.  But in the end it takes a turn and just becomes an expression of your pain. But it’s clear, very clear, just how close it was to one.  Three days later…the first comment by a friend appears “<3”

How long do you think a soul can exist in such a world?  How long until that man starts to feel like a spectre or ghost.  Just haunting his cubicle every day. Heck, I mistakenly came to work on MLK, the building was empty. It wasn’t much different from most any other day.  Eventually, these sorts of things in combination with zero physical touch start to establish a pattern in which the mind begins to dissassociate an understanding of the physical.  Without human touch, you might as well be playing some Sims game or “Cubicle 2.0”.  And it is much easier to shut off life, or shoot another life, when the mind has become so dissassociated from existence.  That there is little more interaction with humanity than NPC characters in the latest Playstation RPG.

Perhaps, beyond political leanings. We as a society need to take a strong hard look at the isolation we put our men thru, and how that isolation contributes to suicide, violence, toxic masculinity, and more.

I wager we would actually see far more progress if we addressed that than if we addressed politics, firearms, or mental health.

Once again…

Here is a list of 2018 mass shootings. I’ve tried to review most of the ones that fall outside of gang, bar, lover quarrels, etc.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2018

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[Undetermined]
11/7 Thousand Oaks shooting – Ian David Long, former marine, with recognized mental health issues. Possible PTSD.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
11/2 Tallahassee shooting – Scott Paul Beierle, former military veteran and former public school teacher. Also a documented sexual predator. Incel. Racist.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
10/27 Tree of Life Synagogue (Pittsburgh, PA) – Robert Gregory Bowers, white nationalist.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
10/24 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting – Gregory A. Bush, history of mental illness and domestic violance with his ex-wife who was black.  Paranoid-schizophrenic. Racist behaviors.

[Left-wing label, Justified]
9/20 Aberdeen, Maryland shooting – Snochia Moseley, a self-identified transgender African American woman who struggled with mental health issues.

[Unknown, more likely Left-aligned]
9/6 Cincinnati shooting – Omar Santa Perez, severe mental health issues. Paranoid.

[Unknown, more likely Left-aligned, or apolitical]
8/26 Jacksonville Landing (video game venue) – David Katz, a professional Madden player from Baltimore, Maryland. History of mental illness. Parents government employees at NASA and FDA (unlikely to be righ-leaning)

[Unlikely, more likely Left-wing aligned]
6/28 Capital Gazette shooting – Jarrod Ramos, history of mental health issues.

[Unlikely, more likely Left-wing aligned]
5/30 2018 Scottsdale spree – Dwight Lamon Jones, mental health issues, domestic violence record, divorce, custody issues at play.

[Left-wing label, Justified]
5/18 Sante Fe HS –  Dimitrios Pagourtzis, possible victim of repeated bullying.  Statments included “Hammer and Sickle=Rebellion”

[Right-wing label, Probable]
4/22 Nashville Waffle House – Travis Jeffrey Reinking, severe schizophrenia. Was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to a mental hospital for treatment. (Apparently was partly naked during the shooting.)  A prior report noted: “Travis is hostile toward police and does not recognize police authority. Travis also possesses several firearms.” [Now ask yourself why someone this delusional was allowed to continue possessing firearms????] Possibly a sovereign rights supporter. He was arrested by Secret Service in 2017 at the White House grounds trying to meet with President Trump. Claim of racist epitaphs used.]

[None, Personal/Relationship related]
3/9 Yountville Shooting – Albert Wong, Afghanistan Army vet. Was dimissed from residential treatment center.  Allowed most staff and veterans to exit. Held three clinicians, who were later killed by Wong.

[Right-wing label, Justified]
2/14 Stoneman Douglas HS – Nikolas Cruz, adopted, orphaned in 2017. Repeated school expulsions. Multiple recommendations for involuntary psychiatric care. Claims of anti-black/muslim rhetoric, swastikas, etc. Bragged about killing animals.  Everything here should of prevented him from purchasing a firearm per existing gun laws. However, mental health is rarely reported unless it is tied to a documented criminal record. At least 45 calls were made in reference to Cruz & household.
Multiple incidents of school shooter threat mishandled. “The sheriff’s office received a number of tips in 2016 and 2017 about Cruz’s threats to carry out a school shooting. The FBI learned that a YouTube user with the username “nikolas cruz” posted a message in September 2017 about becoming a school shooter, but the agency could not identify the user. In January 2018, someone contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tip line with a direct complaint that Cruz had made a death threat, but the complaint was not forwarded to the local FBI office.”

[Right & Left Wing label, probably Justified, possibly more left leaning]
1/23 Marshall County High School – Gabriel Ross Parker, had copies of the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf.  [Kid was some kind of disturbed.] Parker expressed that “he was an atheist and that his life had no purpose and other people’s lives also had no purpose.” Officers also stated that Parker indicated the shooting was an “experiment” to see how students and society would respond. << Atheism, and perverted scientific method.  Not really traits of the right-wing though…are they?

https://www.politifact.com/new-york/statements/2018/feb/23/claudia-tenney/do-many-mass-shooters-end-being-democrats-rep-tenn/

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