Mass Shootings from Acts of Revenge

“Many mass shootings are motivated by revenge or envy. That’s why many take place at a school or a workplace where shooters felt rejected,” said Tony Farrenkopf, a forensic psychologist in Portland, Ore., who has created psychological profiles of mass shooters.

“There are certainly a lot of people who have a lot of things go wrong, and they’re not committing mass murders,” said Mary Muscari, a forensic nurse at Binghamton University in New York who has researched mass killers.

“Even when you look at mental illness, most people with mental illness are not violent,” Muscari told LiveScience in July after the Aurora, Colo., movie theater killings.

Above are three views on mass shootings or killings. Which one is more accurate than the other? We must take into account that most killers often exhibit risk factors that are generally tied to criminality: a history of abuse or ineffective parenting, a tendency to set fires or hurt animals, a sadistic streak, and self-centeredness and a lack of compassion. Is this the right path to be on when we talk about those who are being bullied? Or are we talking about the bully-mentality itself? If one is the victim of being bullied do they automatically run towards the tendency to do harm to animals or do they run to the animal looking for comfort whereas some adults tend to try to weigh out the circumstances of behaviors.


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