PoliTalk: Mass Shootings – Is America Desensitized to Violence?

Aaron Alexis

Ah, yet another rampage shooting has occurred; this time in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC at a U.S. Navy base known as The Navy Yard. Events like these are starting to be so common in this century, it is almost a banality.

CNN posted a fact line yesterday in which consisted of a list of The 20 Deadliest Mass Shootings in the US, in order of most victims to the least, and as the years progressed on, the shootings became more frequent and grotesque. 75% of the 20 deadliest occurred since the year 1999 and 50% of the 20 deadliest occurred since 2009. Criminologists are already stating that there is an increase in this style of crime and the evidence is confirming that assertion.

So what’s the problem?


Of course the gun debate has been revived by the Democrats and the NRA is going to have to make the expected speech that will heard a number of borderline offensive insults in the name of guns and the cry out for strengthening services for the mentally ill will certainly receive more debate.

The fact that guns are in society is not the real issue here, the mental health of individuals play a certain roll, but the main issue isn’t there either.

We, as Americans, have loved our guns since day one of the birth of this country. It was “the shot heard ‘round the world” not the “stab” or “hug” or “diplomacy” and our forefather s gave us the right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment, which, in some ridiculous debates, is being challenged as saying only law enforcement may own guns. Nope. That is not the problem.

Mentally Ill

Our mentally ill and the lack of help for them is a contributing factor, and is in desperate need for revitalization as our medical experts learn more and more about how illness of the mind works. Sometimes mental illness can be a fast onset reaction to an adverse situation or traumatic experience, be it physical or emotional, and our public workers and society needs to be more aware of the signs of someone mentally ill. But this isn’t the root of the issue either.

The problem is humanity’s increasingly growing lack of utter respect for the fellow human. It isn’t about “life being precious” (although that is a good principle to teach the philosophy of respect) but about damn consideration for the one other’s feelings and the willing to accept that sometimes relinquishing something one may want is an investment rather than a sacrifice.

Road Rage

I have road rage. Solid, hard-core road rage to where I have every foresight of dragging someone out their car purely because of their idiocy. I have no patience for stupidity or inconsideration and drivers are the main culprits of selfish acts. The next person who sees me coming but decides to pull out in front of me and have me slam on my brakes, I’m going to hit you. Hard.

But we all know this isn’t going to happen. Mainly because I need my car but also because I have the wisdom to set a motion of events to install society consideration; I have to let it go and hope that person doesn’t do it again and if they do, hey, well, that time, they may actually get hit. You see where I am going?

Yeah, you still see the grave moment when a hero sweeps in and saves the day, and he will receive praise and 15 minutes of fame, but everyday functioning? The everyday encounter with a human? This is where the dirt of inconsideration and disrespect for each other lies. I long for the day I can have my lavish cabin in the woods and only have to socialize when necessary.

No Respect

From snide comments about your co-worker to stealing credit for a project; from nepotism to harassment; from robbery to a Ponzi scheme; from road-bullying to stealing a coveted parking spot; from adultery to gossip; the human race has no self-control over life and never does what is right and always succumbs to being a selfish bitch.

The problem is parents do not teach respect to children anymore and the lack of moral or ethical guidance is an epidemic in society. I am not Christian but I believe in Karma as well as having a natural human emotion of empathy. I see when someone is in pain and understand their need to be released from it.

Jonathan Ferrell

In Charlotte, NC, my home town, Jonathan Ferrell, a promising young black man, was shot and killed by a (white) presumptuous, novice beat cop and Chris Chestnut, The Ferrell family attorney made a statement  to the lack of sympathy in our country today and that this isn’t about race, per se.

“I think this is poor decision-making. I think this is more a reflection of where we are as a country”

I agree on the forefront of that assertion with this situation however; that cop felt in the back of his mind that he could unload his weapon on this man and get away with it, partly because this man was black, acting belligerent (which happens when someone suffers from head trauma, like from a car accident) and in the middle of the night running toward him (probably to hug him-he was hurt and scared) and he was a cop, with a badge and had the advantage of being “white and right”. Yeah, well, we don’t play that in Charlotte. Maybe in Florida.

Columbine High School Columbine Shooters

The 1999 Columbine killing sparked the gun debate along with issue of lack of parenting but way in the back of the debate circle was the bullying factor; the factor that the bullied always snaps. If someone endures an everyday encounter of someone tormenting them, they will eventually snap.

Most humans get therapy, take a martial arts class, play a hard game of basketball, maybe lift some weights but there are a few who say “F*ck it, you all gonna die”. Hence, a mass shooting.

One of my favorite songs is by Foster the People “Pumped up Kicks” which is a dark revelation on the issue of bullying and what it could lead to.

We are starting to become more aware of bullying but as adults, what was once bullying as a child is now selfish, mean and destructive as an adult.


We have to start taking responsibility of how we treat our fellow human. We have to start being more aware of how our actions can potentially destroy. We have stopped looking forward but rather looking now and then hit a fog of what the future could hold.

The shooter at The Navy Yard was a mentally ill person who had been tormented by life and the humans around him. The same as the Columbine boys. The same as killer of the Aurora Movie Theatre.

None of which deserve their named to be mentioned, but their actions are highlighting a problem Americans are going to have to stop ignoring.

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  1. Kimsuccess

    September 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I think America is desensitized to violence because of the ME attitude. “It is not happening to me so it is not my problem.” It is ALL of our problems and something has to be done.

    As I was reading your post, I pictured a man with a rifle and everyone around him is dead. As a nation, we will not give up our guns even after everyone is dead for fear there is something else out there. People with guns are killing us!

    We have lost our humanity and our trust in mankind. We arm ourselves and shoot at anything that moves….

    • Ms. Nix

      September 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm


      You hit it right on the nose. It is not just my problem or yours but ALL of us should be a part of the solution instead of continuing to turn a blind-eye and keep allowing these things to take place. We (society) focus on the wrong things, we need to focus on the people in this great United States and address there needs – emotional, mental and spiritual. Until we start thinking in terms of we, nothing will ever get resolved – the problem will continue and progressively get worse.

    • Ms. Nix

      September 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      The way of the world has changed, it is colder and more about self rather than having compassion and loving one another. There was a time when things would happen and people would join together, pool their resources and take care of one another. Now, everyone is about self-preservation and not giving a damn about the next man, woman or child. The less we care about ourselves and one another, the less value life has and the easier it becomes for someone to take a life and have no remorse in doing so.

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