A school shooting happened in US, again!!

by JimmyYang233 on October 22, 2015 - 7:32pm


October 1 2015, a 26 years old student causes 10 dead, and 9 injured at Umpqua Community College in US. In the article, “Survivor of Umpqua Community College Shooting Describes Rampage”, written by Miguel Almaguer and Phil Helsel shows a different point of view of this horrible school shooting. Mathew Downing, he is the lucky one because the gunman asks him to send a message to the police, so he did not shoot by the gunman. He tells the journalist that the gunman starts to ask the victims religion and kill them one by one. When the police arrive, the gunman shoots himself and died.

The officers are still looking for the reason why this student kills 10 people. The question is, for whatever reason, why would he choose to kill them, rather than just simply talk to them and solve the problem. It is not the first time that a student kills several people and suicide, and most of the killers are male. Now we are living in a world of masculinity, that men should be strong and tough. Just like what the movie “Tough guise 2.0” narrates, the movies or television shows gives most of time a male figure who is very violence, rather they fight a lot, or they have big guns. So these gives the youth an idea that men should solve the problem with fight, or guns. Solve the problem by talking is somehow useless. In USA, buy a gun is way easier than become a good fighter, so some men will use the way like kill someone else to release the anger, and also to show that they are a man. This is the biggest problem in the masculinity, this is the reason why school shooting always exist. Youths are so naïve so they believe that men are supposed to be violence. The media is still showing this kind of violence male figures, so more and more youth will try to follow and causes more and more death in the school. These gunmen, rapists, or fighters are now destroying masculinity, that masculinity are now consider to be violence, rude and evil. The real masculinity is strong and powerful, but they should use his power to protect the others rather than hurt the others.

Work cited:

ALMAGUER, MIGUEL and HELSEL, PHIL. “Survivor of Umpqua Community College Shooting Describes Rampage”. NBC news. N.P 10 Oct. 2015. Web. 22 Oct 2015


“Tough Guise 2.0: Violence, Manhood & American Culture”. Dir. Jeremy Earp. Northampton Ma: Media Education Foundation. 2013


I would firstly like to start off by saying that I decided to respond to this article because I read about this devastating shooting and thus I felt the need to continue a dialogue regarding this topic. I find it absurd that institutional shootings in the United States is becoming more and more common in a society where “race” and gender should be tolerable and hate crimes implausible.

I strongly agree with your statement that gender does play a significant role in the shooting. We live in a society where violence is prominent across media platforms deliberately enforcing the social norm that males in particular must be violent and “strong” and need to conform to these standards in order to be considered a man. What Tony Porter describes as the “man box” in his Ted Talk titled “A call to men” is what men in today’s society face, in terms of the expectations and criteria that one must meet in order to be considered a man. As we know, this is entirely wrong. One does not need to be strong or show violence to be show masculinity in our society. The issue at hand is that violence is becoming “normal” around us because of the stereotypes and misconceptions people have regarding gender. Therefore, I believe that the amount of violence that this man has shown stems from exposure to violence in a social setting. I am not saying that his actions were normal, per se, but the fact that male violence is dominant in our society may be one of the reasons for such radical actions.

In addition, I would like to suggest that, despite gender playing a role in the shooting, racism was equally a factor. The gunman asked each individual what religion they practiced before ending their life. It is clear the gunman idealized that only the religion he practiced was “right”. As mentioned, the student gunman conveys acts of racism because he felt his cultural differences were most important and viewed the victims as inferior which, as noted by Henry and Tator, would be considered individual racism. Though one’s culture or religion does not define their “race” because one can still practice a different religion from a different background for instance, it is clear that the student assumed that those of the same religion were from the same “race” too. How do you view this form of racism in this setting? More specifically, do you believe his goal was to target a specific “race” or those of a specific religion?

Thank you for your post. I agree with you that in the United States it is far too easy to get a weapon. This coupled with the role media plays with violence leads to a lot of aggression. Media plays a huge role in the promotion of violence, guns and fights with various movies, video games and even popular rap music. This has a huge effect on how children, especially males, view the relationship of violence and power. I agree with you and believe this plays a role in this shooting.
Another factor that has an effect on acts of violence nowadays is discrimination. The shooter does show signs of religious discrimination. He did not like organized religion and acting violently against it in this shooting. He may have viewed other victims as inferior to him depending on their answer when asked what religion they believed in, and then shot them.
I believe that there is more to this issue than violence, discrimination and guns. I believe that there is an underlying issue. I believed that the gunman suffered from a mental health disorder or an imbalance. In order for a man to be so angry that he kills 9 people, there must be something wrong. People with good mental health do not react that way to hatred, they would not be able to kill 9 people because of their religious beliefs. I believe that hatred like this stems from a lot of pain and anger. This could have happened from a traumatic event which affected how he viewed religion. He could have suffered manipulation by people on the internet as well which led him to be discriminatory. He could have also been born with a chemical imbalance which made him susceptible to his. Regardless of which mental disorder and why, I believe that this man was truly sick in order to be able to feel such hatred for people. I think that the gunman was also a victim. He killed 10 people including himself. This man was not able to process anger and hatred properly and was not able to act rationally. I believe he suffered from a mental disorder.
I believe there should be programs in place in attempt to stop this kind of hatred. Often people who are bullied commit acts of violence like this in schools. If teachers worked alongside social workers in order to discuss students behaviour, perhaps there would be less violence at school. They should make this part of the school curriculum. Teachers and parents should work together in order to assess if a child's behaviour is normal and what steps they should take when a child is excluded or shows signs of this type of behaviour. This kind of behaviour does not show up overnight, it is a long process and I believe we could stop it before anyone gets hurt.

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