Prager Opinion: Why So Many Mass Murders?

By Dennis Prager. June 4th, 2019

This past weekend, Americans learned of another mass shooting, this time by an employee who decided to murder as many of the people he had worked with for years as possible. As of this writing, the murder toll is 12 people.

Every American asks why. What was the killer's motive? When we read there is "no known motive," we are frustrated. Human beings want to make sense of life, especially of evil.

Liberals (in this regard, liberals' views are essentially as the same as leftists') are virtually united in ascribing these shootings to guns. Just this past weekend, in a speech in Brazil, former President Barack Obama told an audience:

"Our gun laws in the United States don't make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon any time -- without much, if any, regulation. They can buy (guns) over the internet. They can buy machine guns."

That the former president fabricated a series of falsehoods about the United States -- and maligned, on foreign soil, the country that twice elected him president -- speaks to his character and to the character of the American news media that have been completely silent about these falsehoods. .....

Factors discussed include - fatherless children, murderers usually single, and trends towards secularism. There are overall a significant number of potential predisposing factors but these might be regarded as some of the main ones - to which can be added the effects of over exposure with reporting, whereby a perpetrator is shown over and over - making for possible 'copy-cat' events. It is not guns that are to blame despite the usual cries for bans.


Back to Top