Our Social Riot

The bad news is, the Columbine massacre has influenced an entire generation of disturbed young men to do the unthinkable, and putting that genie back in the bottle is going to be incredibly difficult (even if our idiot news media were inclined to put it back in the bottle).

The good news? There really isn’t any just yet.

David French notes that the most plausible explanation for school shootings is also the least reassuring and most depressing.

At the risk of oversimplifying a complex argument, essentially he argues that each mass shooting lowers the threshold for the next. He argues, we are in the midst of a slow-motion “riot” of mass shootings, with the Columbine shooting in many ways the key triggering event.

It’s a riot in the same sense that a mob turns into a riot:  like a snowball rolling down a hill, each participant’s joining in lowers the inhibitions for each subsequent potential rioter.  In this case, the riot doesn’t take place on the street, but rather via social and, of course, dead-tree media.

French quotes Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote about the subject three years ago:

“In the day of Eric Harris, we could try to console ourselves with the thought that there was nothing we could do, that no law or intervention or restrictions on guns could make a difference in the face of someone so evil. But the riot has now engulfed the boys who were once content to play with chemistry sets in the basement. The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.”
— Malcolm Gladwell

Our society – including our media’s very freedom of speech – seems built to keep making the problem worse, by amplifying the activity of each new wave of “rioters”, even as it gives spree killers in general (not just school shooters) what they really want; immortality.

10 thoughts on “Our Social Riot

  1. Riots abate with the application of tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and ultimately live ammunition. The riot is not an “irresistible object” as Gladwell contends. However as long as we retreat from the confrontation (see all of Broward County officialdom) the riot will continue and grow. Drop the continued gun-free zone acquiescence and place armed personnel on site with authority to engage and the riot will abate. If they have a gun in their hands and they are targeting innocents, then shoot to kill and indemnify the responder.

  2. It has long been my position that school-shooters should not be referred to by their real names, but that they are named the same way we name hurricanes. It might not be as attractive to know that you might go down in infamy as “School-Shooter Alvin” or :Buford”.

    Someone told me something over the weekend that bears repeating about these shooting. “This is not a crime problem, but an evil problem. Most crimes like burglary, theft, even assault and murder, are committed for some personal gain. Setting out with the sole intention of hurting others isn’t crime, it’s evil.”

  3. Justice will be served when after his conviction the Dimitrios Pagourtzis is sent to wither at the TDCJ Pulunsky Unit to spend his days until he takes the short journey to the Wall Unit death chamber. Let other of these EVIL bastards meet the same unheralded demise.

  4. “unheralded” and unnoticed is, I think, the key to ending this epidemic, because notoriety is all. It is a claim to fame, a competition. Take that away and the motive disappears. Take away those “gun free zones” signs and the opportunity disappears. Of course, it would require restraint form the media, so maybe it IS impossible.

  5. There still needs to be massive mental health reform in this country. I mean the Parkland scumbag said on a YouTube video and I quote “I want to be a professional school shooter.” The fact that he wasnt shipped off somewhere right after posting it is a failure of our incompetent and neutered mental health system here in the US. That is whats needed most and neither side (but ESPECIALLY the anti-gun ands anti 2nd amendment left) wants to engage in policy reform that is needed and it really says something that the vast majority of the times when these horrific things happen no one says, “He was such a nice boy, I never imagined he could do such a horrid thing.” Its, “Oh yeah, this isnt surprising in the least, we could see him doing this.”

  6. NW and JE are onto something.
    But rather than naming the miscreant like you would a hurricane instead name him by whichever MSM politicizes him first. So there would be Shooter CNN-1…CNN-n and MSNBC-1….MSNBC-n, and NYT-1…NYT-n and so forth. The shooter would plummet into obscurity and the MSM would not want shooters identified with them as though he was a sponsored event even though that currently is de facto what the shooters are (i.e. Nicholas Cruz, brought to you by CNN would simply become as “shooter CNN-5”)

  7. genius idea but itll never happen, all they care about is ratings (Fox News included)

  8. pod
    it could happen but not named by the MSM but by someone like Rush or Trump tagging them as “Shooter CBS-3”. When Trump did “low energy Jeb” or “crooked Hillary” those tags stuck and neither Jeb nor Hillary liked it or could stop it.

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