But that controversy overshadows another point regarding the Newtown gunman and so many others: The pepetrators almost always are males, isolated and withdrawn, harboring sometimes secret, sometimes not, resentments and anger that finally explode in a chilling and violent cataclysm.Well, duhh. This has been noticed before, and taken to the next step.
A columnist from the nation's heartland, Rekha Basu of the Des Moines Register newspaper, wrote with insight on this topic in an essay published this week: "It's stunning when it hits you: Mass murderers are almost always male.
"It's also a loaded topic, which explains why we almost never call attention to it. How do you do that constructively without seeming to hold an entire gender responsible for the crimes committed by a few?
"What made it particularly difficult was a friend's insistence that biology -- rather than culture -- is to blame. Testosterone, she argued, makes men innately more violent. If we just blame DNA for men's violence, I retorted, then we are submitting it can't be overcome. But culture can be.
"Whatever the reasons, the facts speak for themselves. It's hard to find a female name among perpetrators on the Wall Street Journal's list of the deadliest mass shootings in the world ...
Leftist evolutionist PZ Myers writes:
Scientists intend to sequence Adam Lanza’s DNA. They’re looking for genetic markers for mass murder. Why? Because some scientists are stupid. ...I know what you are thinking. If Lanza has the Asperger-violence gene combo, then some future Orwellian law could pre-emptively test everyone's DNA and possibly extinguish their gun rights. And parental rights also. And for my readers who don't like me, they can hope that I would test positive for those genes, so my unfitness can be proved scientifically once and for all.
I would ask whether there is any reason to assume that this behavior is a heritable trait. ...
I can predict exactly what will be found when they look at Adam Lanza’s DNA. It will be human.
I think that it is funny how leftists desperately want everyone to believe that homosexuality is inborn, but they do not want to even research the possibility that criminal violence could be inborn.
I hope they look at Lanza's genes, as well as all the other possible causes. I hope they also scrutinize his mom, the judge who gave her sole custody, and the psychiatrist who misdiagnosed him.
The paper's lede page 1 story was:
The Santa Cruz City Schools board is expected to consider a resolution next month calling for stricter national gun control laws and improved mental health services ...We already have those bans in California. Most of these mass shootings have been disturbed kids on psychotropic prescription drugs who went to a gun-free zone and then killed themselves when police showed up.
In response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 first-graders dead, school board Vice President Cynthia Hawthorne is drafting a symbolic statement that will call for banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines nationwide, as well as greater state and federal investment in mental health care and early-childhood education on conflict resolution.
"We are just having a call for sanity," said Hawthorne, who added that the National Rifle Association's recommendation last week to arm guards on campuses contradicts the notion of security. "A safe schools policy implies that there are to be no guns on campus by anybody."
It would be a gross denial of our civil rights if we had to pass a genetic fitness test to become a parent or own a gun. But it would be better than the present system where such rights can be taken away on the whim of a bigoted judge.