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Mass Shooters are Violent Psychopaths

Whenever the tragedy of a mass shooting occurs, people almost always focus on the wrong issues. No matter which side of a given argument, mental health is rarely mentioned, or the difficulty of institutionalizing someone against their will.

Mass shooters are violent psychopaths who should be institutionalized before having the chance to commit mass murder, since nothing they do is unplanned. Every mass shooting is done by violent psychopaths, since sane people do not commit mass murder.

Not a single mass shooter kept their intentions secret. Every single one let people know what they were planning, before carrying through with their actions. Every single one was a violent psychopath.

From PNAS, Psychopaths fail to automatically take the perspective of others:

“Psychopathic individuals display a chronic and flagrant disregard for the welfare of others through their callous and manipulative behavior. Historically, this behavior is thought to result from deficits in social-affective processing. However, we show that at least some psychopathic behaviors may be rooted in a cognitive deficit, specifically an inability to automatically take another person’s perspective.”

Violent psychopaths understand what they do is perceived as wrong. They simply do not care.

From NCBI, The Criminal Psychopath: History, Neurscience, Treatment, and Economics:

“No matter where one stands on the long-debated question of whether “nothing works” when it comes to criminal rehabilitation, there is no doubt that the psychopath has grossly distorted the inquiry. Psychopaths are not only much more likely than non-psychopaths to be imprisoned for committing violent crimes, they are also more likely to finagle an early release using the deceptive skills that are part of their pathologic toolbox, and then, once released, are much more likely to recidivate, and to recidivate violently.

Even when known violent psychopaths are locked away, they are rarely institutionalized beyond their sentence or released early due to being manipulative. Once released, violence always follows.

Unfortunately, known violent psychopaths generally cannot be locked away against their will prior to committing acts of violence, due to laws prohibiting institutionalization that could have saved lives in mass shootings.

From CBS News, Buffalo shooting suspect’s prior threat sent him to mental hospital:

“The White gunman accused of committing a racist massacre at a Buffalo supermarket made threatening comments that brought police to his high school last spring but he was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital, officials said.”

Despite the warning signs, they could not institutionalize someone who is clearly a violent psychopath who followed the actions of past violent psychopaths. They were unable to legally institutionalize anyone, and lives were lost.

It is true, not all psychopaths are violent, but the ones who are telegraph their violent plans. With Buffalo, the more recent school shooting, and other mass shootings, it was made clear their plans for violent action, and nothing could be done due to ridiculous laws preventing needed institutionalization.

The laws in the United States need to change. It must become easier to institutional violent psychopaths who let everyone know they are planning violence, before the violence starts. That is how lives get saved.

About the Author
Bob Ryan is a novelist of the future via science-fiction, dystopian or a combination of the two, and blogger of the past with some present added in on occasion. He believes the key to understanding the future is to understand the past, since human nature is an unchanging force. As any writer can attest, he spends a great deal of time researching numerous subjects. He is someone who seeks to strip away emotion in search of reason, since emotion clouds judgement. Bob is an American with an MBA in Business Administration. He is a gentile who supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. He is a Christian Zionist who knows God is calling His chosen home as foretold in prophecy.
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