Why Do People Shoot Strangers

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05 Nov 2013 22:29 #123815 by Kit
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I agree with a lot that has been said but I also want to add I feel much of it has to do with a lack of respect. A person to aim a deadly weapon at another human being who shows insufficient threat, is to show an utter lack of respect for simple human life.

But there are a million reasons. Parents failed to teach respect, kids failed to learn, mental disabilities, disconnection between reality and fantasy. A thirst to feel power. No idea. I've taken a job with the full knowledge that I will be responsible for carrying weapons but that is in defense of me, my comrades, and my country. I won't even point Airsoft weapons at people outside of the game field. I can't imagine aiming a deadly weapon at some random person. I couldn't do it.
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05 Nov 2013 22:37 #123817 by LTK
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Not completely connected to the OP, but I thought of it after seeing Jayden's avatar:

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends" -- Gandalf.

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05 Nov 2013 22:42 #123819 by Brenna
The expression "impotent fury" always comes to mind when I think about people who do this sort of thing.

I believe that what they do is in part a response to a constant and overpowering need to do something. To take action of any kind that even temporarily releases whatever frustration, anguish or indeed anger they are holding onto. I think it is in part a form of emotional release.

But at the same time, I wonder if it not just that these people have thrown off the expectations of behaving like reasonable members of society. I read a very interesting article the other day about peoples online behavior vs their offline behaviour. Seemingly ordinary, mild mannered people living an online life of truely horrific and illigal behaviour. People who when finally caught fight for legal name suppression, knowing full well that their disgusting online behavior will result in losing everything.

Have the people who shoot strangers maybe just reached a point where the concequences dont matter?



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05 Nov 2013 22:56 #123823 by Kit
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Learn_To_Know wrote: Not completely connected to the OP, but I thought of it after seeing Jayden's avatar:

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends" -- Gandalf.


I've always loved that quote.
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05 Nov 2013 22:59 #123824 by ren
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Brenna, what can anyone do online that's so bad? steal credit card numbers?

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05 Nov 2013 23:06 #123826 by Naya
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ren wrote: Brenna, what can anyone do online that's so bad? steal credit card numbers?


They can do all kinds of things. Cyber-bullying (which has led to people committing suicide), trolls (which we see a lot of all over), stealing money and personal information, fraud... if it can be done in the real world it can usually be done online as well.

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06 Nov 2013 02:33 - 06 Nov 2013 02:36 #123864 by OrvisOrenn
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06 Nov 2013 02:33 #123865 by OrvisOrenn
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I believe that the answer to this question is simple; violence is nature. Though it is a sad truth.

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