Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work and writing. I’m trying to revise my story and make it better, so there’s a lot of noodling involved with that, but I’ve figured out how I want to put it together. Now, I just have to worry about the word count, but enough about that. Last week I spoke about raising resilient kids, and today I’d like to piggy back off of that and talk about mass shootings.
These events are on the rise in our society, and it has me worried. Many experts say mental health plays a role in these shootings, and I agree. We as parents have to do a better job of raising resilient kids, so they are less likely to have mental health problems. Studies have been conducted, and they consistently show that higher levels of resilience mean lower levels of mental health issues. So, there’s one way to solve the problem, but this is something that will take years to change.
So, what can we do now? That is a very good question. Mental health is a key factor in mass shootings. The shooter usually has some mental issue they’re dealing with, and they exhibit signs of violence before they commit the crime. There are warning signs that we have to look out for. They are listed below.
Pathway. They start planning or preparing for their attack. These mass shootings are not impulsive, they are planned, and the shooter will develop a plan and start gathering ammunition and making bombs. So, we as parents need to be vigilant if we see our children purchasing guns and ammunition, we need to step in and assess the situation, and reach out to authorities if the problem persists.
Fixation. If someone becomes fixated on a cause or a person, and they talk about violent actions. This is another big warning sign.
Identification. This is another big warning sign. A young person (usually a young male) will identify with other mass shooters before he decides to become one himself.
Energy Burst. The shooter will increase his behavior as he gathers his weapons and puts his plan into action. There will be a decline in his online activity.
Leakage. This occurs in 60 to 90% of targeted attacks, where the shooter communicates his intention to a third party, usually days or hours before the attack.
Directly Communicated Threat. This least frequent but bears acknowledgement. Most mass shooters will not directly threaten their target because they don’t want to fail in their attempt, but it does happen.
Novel Aggression. A potential shooter will test their ability to be violent by creating a one-off situation. This is usually manifests in the shooter picking a fight or killing an animal.
Last Resort. The shooter will say things illustrating an urgent need to act violently within a specific amount of time.
I received this information from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2022/05/28/8-warning-signs-mass-shooter-according-experts/9966901002/
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The warning signs are clear, but we have to pay attention to them. What should you do if you witness a someone showing the above signs? If you’re a student, tell your principal or a teacher so they can act. If you’re an adult and you witness these signs in your neighbor or colleague, tell the authorities. It’s their job to address situations like this. So, there you have it. The warning signs of a mass shooter. Have you ever seen any of these signs before? What did you do? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
4 thoughts on “Another Mass Shooting: What are the Signs?”
My brother went to Virginia Tech years before the mass shooting there. I remember Nikki Giovanni, who is a poet and was teaching there then, was concerned about one of her students in a writing course. She told the administration–he was writing about really violent things, etc. She was ignored. We hate to think poorly of people, especially kids, teens, and young people. However, when they exhibit clear signs there’s something wrong, we need to take them seriously. So sad.
Yes, that definitely is sad. That’s part of the problem. We don’t believe these warning signs because we don’t want to believe these individuals are capable of these acts. We have to change our thinking. It has happened time and again where the warning signs were there but they were either ignored or not taken seriously. It is sad. Especially when it involves someone who has mental health issues and all they need is a little help.
The fact that society in general has devalued life makes shootings more likely to occur. When angry or depressed people get a weapon, it is not hard to imagine the outcome. Good article about watching for signs but many don’t exhibit any signs of aggression until the actual event and then it is too late. Mental health is definitely an issue but the biggest issue is with the heart that is not serving God the Creator who can redeem and heal.
Thanks for stopping by, Vickea. I appreciate your perspective, and you bring up a valid point. We should be looking to our higher power when we’re overwhelmed with negative emotions.