Connecticut Shooting: Why do things like this happen?
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on December 15, 2012 @ 8:36PM
Created on December 15, 2012 @ 5:16PM
Many people all across the country, whether they have children or not, have been affected by the elementary school shooting in Connecticut Friday. But the question is: why do things like this happen? And how can people commit such vicious acts of violence?
It's truly a tragedy and a straight answer can't be given. But we did speak with people in the area to see what they thought. And we did a little research as well.
"Attention, mental illnesses, any list of stuff," said Brandon Grdgon, Student.
"I want to believe that individuals need help and need more help than they're letting on," said Melanie Groves, Harrison County Resident.
Many people said active shooters can't commit an act like this and be sane. And according to psychologists, these people are right. The shooters are said to be unstable, narcissistic, immature, and consistently blaming others for their failures.
The head of psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, said these people are referred to as "spree killers."
"They often believe they should be doing better in life than they are doing, and believe it is others’ fault that they are not. This outlook builds throughout their lives and then it comes to a point that something tips them over the edge," said Professor Jackson.
A university in New York did a study on why shootings occur and their results go back to a psychological issue. Students were asked to rate reasons for school shootings and revenge came out on top. The top ranking was that they want to get back at those who have hurt them; 87% of students voted this. The second, 86% of students voted that other kids pick on them, make fun of them or bully them.
So these incidents are usually caused by something internally wrong with the shooter. But why do they chose malls, schools, or movie theaters?
"Because since there's no armed guards they think they might be able to get away with it, with no consequences to themselves because no one is going to stop them," said Brandon Grdgon, Student.
So what can be done to prevent these type of tragedies from happening?
"The issue is putting some protection, some sort of security, in these schools to protect out children. I think it is way too easy to walk into these schools, in and out of these schools. And I just really think that something needs to be done," said Valerie Ramsey, Randolph County Resident.
No matter where it happens or why, there will never be a good enough reason to take a life or multiple lives.
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