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Does society create mass murders?

I discussed mass murder with a woman a few days ago. She said that society is also responsible for mass murders. However, I don't like this opinion. Of course, there are various problems in all countries, but there isn't any excuse that would support the ideas that we allow mass murder. She seemed to shift the responsibility of mass murderers to society, as if to say "Society creates mass murderers."

There are many people who live without committing a serious crime in the same society, even if they have frustrations with their societies. I think most mass murderers attribute their unfortunate conditions to society and others, not to themselves. This is very selfish.  People who killed many people must be responsible for their actions. Then, we should investigate their backgrounds of their actions so that mass murder will not happen again.

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  • Many factors come in on the mass murder situation.  Rys is not wrong in stating that in some societies  to kill those that are considered "enemies".....it is a honor to do so.  So in this case.....you would have to put at least a bit of the blame on society and culture.  Mental illness is definitely a factor.......there are some really sick people everywhere......and if you read up on mental illness and the different types......you could see how it could happen.  I think you also must factor in hate........a lot of mass murder's are hate crimes.  I will even go so far as to say some are due to those in power that have an agenda such as turning a country in their favor like the issue of maybe territory. legislation or something.  .  Don't ever be naive enough to think there are not some that would kill with such an event to prove a point and get their way.  Evil has not just one color.......Evil is everywhere and in all walks of life.  The USA have had many episodes of this in the last few years.....but also has the world if you care to do the research......Garissa, Kenya  (2014)the college there.....many mass killings in the world did not involve guns....in China March 2014, Kunming, Chinakinves were used to kill 31 people, Bloodiest Massecre in Nigirian History 500 dead....Machete's were used....gasoline in S. Korea, Airplanes in USA, killed thousands.  USA does seem to lead the world in Mass Shootings......but remember one thing.....many killings in other countries are not reported to world news.......that could certainly change the figures.  But that is not what we are speaking of.......can you put it on society.......So to me....I would have to say in part.....yes......but it depends on the case.....and what is found in the research about why it happened.  Take a child molestor......is that caused by society??  Is a room full of school children shot dead victims of society on school massacre in one country was due to children attending school.???  Usa is not the only place that has happened.  Vengence, political / religiois/racial discontent.....it just depends.......but in some cases.....society is to blame.......but certainly not all.  Of course Tam this is just my opinion based on a little research........and you raised a good topic.......thanks for sharing

     

    • Hello, Paula. Thank you for sharing your opinion. I am surprised that mass shooting has been increasing recently in the U.S. This is a reason why I have this question. I wonder if American society has special backgrounds. Or, as you said, mass murders in other countries are just not reported to world news.

  • How can it be justified (with any reason) killing of innocent people, no matter if the society is responsible for any reason.

    It is tantamount to be 'barbarism' any way which is not acceptable.  

    • Hi, Mishaikh. Thank you for your comment. I think so, too.

  • Hi Tam

    Experts say mass killings may have various reasons such as mental illness, drugs and alcohol, violent video games,........

    Some psychiatrists say "about one in five mass murderers shows evidenceof psychosis"and researchers say "violent video games do increase aggressive behaviour". 

     

    • Hi, Saba. Thank you for your comment. Yes, there seems to be various reasons. However, there isn't any reason that we allow mass murders,

  • Oi again, 

         Tam, you insist not to shift the blame of mass murderers onto the society - OK, but that is your interpretation of the issue and I just submitted my view point of the same issue - I pointed out that societies with a particular rite embosing killing can be potential manufacturers of mass murderers. 

    • Hi, Rysperski. I deleted your last comment wrongly. I am sorry. I don't blame you at all. I just want to know what "a particular rite" is in detail. My English is not good, so I can't graspe it well.

    • Hi, Rysperski. I am not sure of what "a particular rite" implies. Is it racial discrimination?

  • Oi there again,

       Tam, there is no confusion in my remark to your blog on mass murderers and society. The misunderstanding lies on your side as mass murder provoked by custom rites does not have to be done by multiple persons, it can be done by a single person. 

      The other aspect is your disire to stigmatize only the western society as in your example, the USA. 

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