School shootings are on the rise, and have been for a while now. It seems we can’t go even a few weeks without hearing about a school shooting.
However, what’s interesting is that, although shootings happen, the type of location has been the same for a while. Sure, shootings outside of learning facilities. But there’s been a definite and undeniable string of attacks targeting elementary, middle, and high schools.
So why is this the case? Why all these shooters, why now, and why schools? Governments, schools, and citizens alike have all been scratching their heads as to why this has become our new reality.
The left obviously blames guns for these issues. However, the truth is the cause is something else entirely – something much more disturbing.
The real cause of school shootings seems to be much more psychological than just “a problem with firearms.” And, ironically, this issue is feeding off the hype and constant press the media is giving these shootings.
When you think about it, there’s about 350 million people in America. And it’s a very tiny fraction of people that are committing these crimes. However, the trauma and casualties they leave in their wake leave lasting effects on the minds of the surviving victims, as well as on families, friends and other students/schools around the world.
Interestingly enough, the feeling of being insignificant is what drives many attackers to contemplate shooting up a school in the first place. And, thanks to the consistent media attention the event receives, the shooter often thinks to themselves “That could be me. I would be known. I would be SOMEONE. Everyone would know (and possibly fear) me.”
And, if the attacker has a history of feeling insignificant, unloved, and desperate for attention, getting attention from the media in this way can seem like a very good thing.
If you don’t believe this is a prevalent phenomenon, just look at social media. Sites like Instagram and Facebook are chock-full of people taking selfies, and then adding filters to make their shots (or themselves) more attractive. And YouTube is no better – although it has some informative videos, it also has clips of people doing really outrageous or stupid stuff, just to get attention.
Heck, and speaking of which, ever wonder why teenagers are videotaping themselves doing idiotic (and dangerous) things like snorting condoms and eating Tide Pods? It’s because they get recognition. They feel noticed, seen, important, funny, and valued by their peers. The attention, views, likes, and more make them feel valued – even if it’s just for a little while.
Many of the shooters are also mentally unstable, and have psychiatric disorders. Many have also faced severe bullying, and are looking for revenge. And, if the news stations have non-stop coverage of the event, well – they instantly become seen, known and recognized – perhaps for the first time.
Which leads to the conclusion of all this. What is the real problem fueling these shootings? It’s not guns, for sure. It’s the media.
If America wants to get serious about stopping these non-stop school shootings, we MUST stop the extensive media coverage these shootings receive.
Heck, even refusing to give out the name, information, or picture of the shooter may make a huge difference. If we stop glorifying the shooter, they may realize that isn’t the right avenue to gain attention.