Escalation of horror
(This leaves aside the fact that our national gov’t, as well as that of plenty of states, is run by assholes who think everybody should have guns and carry them everywhere…)
People with a grudge; outcasts; haters; people with mental health issues; people who decide to kill other people when they kill themselves. It’s terrorism, but not “traditional” terrorism. (Of course, any Muslim connection invites naming it “TERRORISM!!!”) At the same time, calling it terrorism allows the media to again ignore the inconvenient realities, and avoid the real conversations we should be having about these incidents. Perhaps such a conversation wouldn’t as easily facilitate sensational 24X7 coverage, or provide such a perfect opportunity for any politician who wants to comment according to their ideology.
What message does such sensation and coverage send to the next troubled person contemplating seeking worldwide fame in their exit? People have shot up schools and workplaces; the attacks keep escalating in sheer horror. Shooting on college campuses; shooting elementary school kids; shooting in a crowded theatre; shooting people in a church; killing 50 in a nightclub. Do these people feel they need to compete? Will a standard shooting spree prove insufficient? Does a shooter’s posterity require ever larger body counts? Do these urges feed off of the coverage they see others getting? Corporate media stands ready to exploit these events for all they’re worth as long as possible. They’re the perfect distraction. Does all that coverage inspire the next one?