Why is our society producing ever more of these incidents?
I'm happy to raise a pitchfork at the NRA with the rest of you, but it feels like we're missing something in this equation.
Why do these people feel motivated to murder people around them in the first place? I wasn't entirely satisfied with "violent misogyny" being named as the causative factor in the UCSB shooting, and I don't think it will be very helpful in this case.
To me, it seems like the fabric of our society and our communities is unraveling, leaving more and more people feeling stranded and alone. Surely the violence pervading our culture and media seed the notion of aggression in the minds these wayward individuals, and easy access to guns makes it easier for them to inflict their anguish on others. But I think we need to focus more on the root of the problem.
I'm typing this in a coffee shop across the Fremont canal from SPU; I live about a mile from Cafe Racer; I attended UCSB and lived near Isla Vista at the time of another shooting in that area in 2006
(perpetrated by a woman who worked at the post office). I'm fucking tired of this shit.