Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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About school shootings, rather than on why he did it, let’s focus on prevention

There are many direct or indirect causes. But, such an analysis doesn’t help. It’s too much about pointing fingers, blame, guilt, and wickedness.

Let’s talk about what can be done to prevent this in so many ways.

1. Broad education that life is dear, not cheap. Guns are to protect, not to assault. In Israel, many walk around armed. It makes things safer here.

2. Commercial interests must not put guns in the street, at everyone’s disposal. Politicians must outlaw everyone’s freedom to be violent. The public must force the politicians through relentless demonstrations for common sense gun laws only.  Is your state a democracy or demoneycracy?

3. Stop teasing, pestering, isolating, and pathologizing guys who are poor, weird, different, or INCELs. They may take revenge on everyone because no one ever stood up for them. How would you feel in their place? Have some empathy before it’s too late, and no one will feel for them anymore.

4. In Israel, we had terrorists murder at schools. Every school has fences, armed guards, intercoms, locked entrances, panic buttons, etc. (Arming teachers is stupid. This shows when it would be better to arm some of the kids since they have less empathy and quicker reflexes.)

5. When you are afraid that someone might get violent, reach out to law enforcement. These potential culprits always shower their surroundings with warning signs. Looking away is part of the problem all along. Blaming the police at the scene is like handing out free blowtorches to pyromaniacs and then, accusing the fire brigade for not being fast enough.

6. Gun violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When a society is ruthless, gun violence is only the tip of the iceberg. US-ers are mostly nice people, in my experience, but an economic cruelty weighs down on all of them.

7. The ‘motives’ of these young men need no research, wrong as they are. “No one ever cared about me. I’ll show you that I don’t care about you. You hurt me so much and made my life unbearable. I’ll pay you in kind.” Possibly with “You all thought I was a powerless wimp, but here, I’m not.”

8. Reporting all the raw emotions of the horror among the survivors is only fostering hatred for the perpetrator and powerlessness. It totally misses that much can be done, and many solutions are at our fingertips.

9. Less media obsession with perpetrators (withhold names and pics) and more subdued reporting on survivors’ pain may prevent copycat attacks.

10. To portray these mass murders as innocent society vs. a lone, wicked, crazy gunman is a distortion. As the above points show, society can do a lot to prevent this. It’s too easy just to blame the shooter. Yet, I don’t intend to assign blame for past failures. Rather, I call upon us all to take responsibility to create a better future by preventing this. Yes, we can.

In other words, there are only school shootings when many problems pile up. So many people must drop the ball before this could happen. And, taking care of each measure of prevention mentioned above greatly diminishes a chance of a next mass murder at schools and elsewhere.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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