Lethal Vector: Incentives
to Kill Innocents Rage Forward

By Richard W. Stevens. March 31, 2023

Mass murders in schools and public venues will certainly continue and get worse. Why? Because the factors push in one direction. Angry and disturbed people exist at the statistical margins who: (1) would just as soon commit suicide as live; (2) want revenge or attention; and (3) know they will never be meaningfully punished for any crime including mass murder. The prime directive for these dangerous actors is to kill in an infamous splashy way.

On March 28, 2023, the prime directive was accomplished perfectly. According to first-hand reports collected in The Independent (UK): A woman who called herself a man dressed up in faux street warrior gear, barged into a peaceful Christian school, and murdered three little kids and three adults in cold blood. Ball cap on backward and long gun drawn, the killer prowled the halls, anticipating no armed defensive resistance and facing none. Only later-arriving Nashville, TN, police stopped the murderer by shooting her.

Worldwide coverage of the shocking murder of innocent women and children flashed the (alleged!) killer‘s name, picture, personal facts, and messages. The killer achieved the very goal she described shortly before attacking the school, when she messaged:

  • “this is my last goodbye”
  • “One day this will make more sense”
  • “I‘ve left behind more than enough evidence behind. But something bad is about to happen.”
  • “I‘m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!”
  • “You‘ll probably hear about me on the news after I die.”

The killer was on the vector, planning to kill, to die, and to make headlines. [...] .....


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