Are white men to blame for America’s mass shootings?
When you think about the things that might cause someone to commit a mass shooting, what might come to mind?
Maybe someone who had a tough childhood, or someone who has a history of mental health issues, or maybe in some cases (although I feel like the proof isn't there) someone who decided to act out their favorite scene from Grand Theft Auto.
Unlike other groups, white men are not used to
being singled out. So we expect that many of them will protest it is unfair if
we talk about them. But our nation must correctly define their contribution to
our problem of gun violence if it is to be solved. When white men try to divert
attention from gun control by talking about mental health issues, many people buy
into the idea that the United States has a national mental health problem, or
flawed systems with which to address those problems, and they think that is
what produces mass shootings. But women and girls with mental health issues are
not picking up semiautomatic weapons and shooting schoolchildren. Immigrants
with mental health issues are not committing mass shootings in malls and movie theaters. Latinos with mental health issues are
not continually killing groups of strangers. Each of us is programmed from
childhood to believe that the top group of our hierarchies — and in the U.S.
culture, that’s white men — represents everyone, so it can feel awkward, even
ridiculous, when we try to call attention to those people as a distinct group
and hold them accountable.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the shooter at Virginia Tech of Asian ethnicity? Eduardo Sencion, the man behind an attack at a Carson City, NV IHOP that killed 5 and wounded 7, is hispanic. Nidal Hassan, the man behind the murders at Fort Hood in Texas is Palestinian.
I could list more, but I think that would be unnecessary. That also doesn't take away from the fact that a lot of white men did commit mass shootings.
But I think the sisters are missing the point.
Most mass shootings have been committed by people with mental health issues, who showed signs of being unstable prior to the shootings.
We have a mental health issue in America. Not a gun control issue.
I invited the sisters to come on the show and chat with me about their piece and defend their theory. But as we've come to expect with most liberals, they declined.
I think declining an opportunity to prove your point to someone with opposing views says all we need to know about your ability to properly defend your argument.