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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Insanity, Deranged Terror, And Mass Killings–Germany Has Caught The American Virus

The Munich shooter (7/16) was not a member of nor motivated by ISIS.  He was a mentally disturbed teenager who had been obsessed with mass killings.  He went on his rampage with a Glock semi-automatic, fled the scene, then killed himself.

It seems as if Germany has been infected with the American virus that causes psychotic, deranged individuals to go berserk.  This mass killing in many ways is worse than any organized terror attack, for there is virtually no way for even the best-trained civil authorities or members of an extensive security apparatus to anticipate such events.  In the United States there must be tens of thousands of unhappy, disaffected, chemically imbalanced psychotics who need only a nudge to push them over the line into violence and mayhem.

In the politically-divided, contentious environment of America today, when racial, ethnic, and gender hatreds are fueled by the force-feeding of a progressive agenda, it is no surprise that those on the edge of a psychotic episode need little to incite them to violent action.  In the unreal world of the schizophrenic there are no consequences, guilt, or responsibility.

It is not possible to cool down the rhetoric.  Identity politics have given license to the most marginal groups, legitimizing their grievances and tolerating if not promoting any actions taken to seek redress.  Black Lives Matter is only the most recent example of such intemperate progressivism.  Within an atmosphere of collective anger and hostility, and within a movement without a highly-structured hierarchy, a borderline psychotic may be infected by the hysteria and act violently.  


In societies where multiculturalism and pluralism are celebrated and where ethnic, religious, and religious factions have become more numerous, tensions caused by initial social and economic inequality are exacerbated by progressive identity politics.  I want mine, and everybody wants theirs.
More broadly, in a society where airing frustration and anger at perceived injustice is encouraged, and where self-image and almost universal sanction for the expression of individual feelings, grievances, and abuse are canonized, no one should be surprised at employees ‘going post office’; at unstable marginalized teenagers acting out fantasies of power by killing classmates.

Coverage of tormented rampages are given 24/7 coverage by all-news networks and details quickly go viral.  To the sane, such killing sprees are unconscionable and unthinkable; but to borderline schizophrenics, they can be blueprints for carrying out twisted desires.

Since little can be done to censure the press for the coverage of violent events; and since no self-control has ever been exerted when ‘If it bleeds, it leads’ has been a media axiom for decades; other means of addressing the epidemic must be found.

Similarly, until a much more conservative administration is elected – one which will publically challenge identity-sponsored violence and mob rule – the tolerance for displays of black, Latino, American Indian, LGBT, etc. grievances, no matter how legitimate will only increase.
There are, however, certain steps which can be taken. 

Current privacy regulations restrict the sharing of personal medical histories with civil authorities.  Doctors who have diagnosed and chronicled a patient’s emotional instability and potential threat to others cannot inform the police.  Yet this new disease –schizophrenic violence – could easily be treated as typhoid or other infectious diseases were before the politicization of AIDS.  There is no reason why medical records of ‘infected’ individuals should not be shared.

As every civic institution has been mobilized in periods of epidemic disease, so could they now.   Most of the money spent on metal detectors, body scanners, and other security measures could be spent on the intensive training of teachers, counselors, and school administrators to detect problems before they become fully blown.

Mental illness should not be treated like any other disease except in the metaphorical infectious sense.  Extreme psychosis is not the same as invasive cancer or pernicious hypertension.  It can cause injury and death to others.  The normative culture should change.  Avoiding stigma should not be foremost in the minds of civil or medical authorities.  Avoiding harm to others should.  The severely deranged should be stigmatized and taken out of circulation.  It was wrong to empty mental hospitals; and it is just as wrong to treat serious mental illness as just another disability.

As was recently (7/16) seen in Nice, guns are not the issue.  The person who mowed down scores of people with a truck had a firearm with him, but did not need it.  A heavy vehicle at high speed had the inertia to be just as explosive as a bomb or an automatic rifle. 

Guns are never the issue.  The motivating forces behind gun slaughter is.  There is no doubt that a country which makes access to guns nearly impossible,  mass killings with firearms would be fewer; but the number of murderous incidents would not decrease.

Germany has a right to be concerned about the Munich shootings.  It is proud of the discipline, rationality, and morality of its population.  Yet they only have to look at Norway, a country similarly homogeneous, socially conservative, and morally sound, to see that unhinged rampages can occur anywhere.

If a new, more conservative American administration wins in November (2016) and begins to roll back the progressive-inspired Politically Correct hysteria of the past decade; if psychotic violence is classified as a public health problem and treated with as much surveillance and intrusion as any other disease; and if resources are moved away from physical security and gun control to prophylaxis (preventing violence by anticipating it), then perhaps the number of mass shootings by psychotic individuals can be reduced.

Germany and Norway have a chance to institute such measures before it is too late.  We can only hope that it is not too late to catch up.

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