Are random shootings part of the American culture?
by camille.hebert on September 18, 2013 - 12:33pm
Those mass murders like we saw in Boston, or at the primary school in Connecticut last year seem to happen more in the United States than in any other industrialized country. The American population is getting used to it.
After the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, who made 12 victims on September 16, life seemed pretty calm in the city. Nobody made a big deal of the event, not because they were not aware of it, but because they’ve already heard many others like that. According to the past years, we can expect 3 of 4 big ones every year in the United States, and that’s without counting the many small ones that are not covered by the medias. The perpetrators are often the same type; middle aged men, considered mentally ill, who suffered from isolation, intimidation or a job loss. However, people all around the world can mentally suffer at a point in their lives, but that doesn’t make them go out and shoot random victims. Jack Levin, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston who has studied mass murderers thinks: “It’s about American society and American culture.” In America, the neighbourhood life disappeared and let place to the search of better jobs and money. There is no more sense of community and people don’t know where to turn to when they are in trouble. In the U.S., there is practically no job insurance and no free health care. That’s why when some individuals feel desperate, they take their vengeance by opening their fire towards the American Society.
This article made me see another side of this American phenomenon. A big debate took place in regards to the control of fire arms, but this might not be the source of the problems, just like the issue about violent video games and movies. A lot of other countries, like Canada, have those two elements, but we don’t have as much shooting as in the United States. I think the pursuit of money and power should take less place in the life of American people and they should concentrate a bit more on the human side. Basic services like healthcare and job insurance should be put in place to fight the feeling of loneliness.