I don't like guns and I don't like guns at people's homes, mainly when they have children around. I'd have them forbidden, if I had the power to do so. But I don't think that's the problem. I think if somebody really wants to shoot people, he'll find a way to access weapons.
The question is: why would anyone have the idea of shooting innocent people. Would you care to share your opinion on this subject?
I'll start by sharing a few thoughts.
Mostly, these people believe they've been wronged. And they want revenge. Justice by their own hands. It's very simple to understand.
Why to take revenge on innocent people? Well, for the one who thinks he's been wronged, there are no innocent people. If a guy was bullied as a child, for instance, he won't see children as innocent people. Children are evil, as far as that person is concerned. Another example: for a guy who lost his job, his work colleagues aren't innocent. He could be thinking that when he lost his job, what did they do for his cause? He could be thinking like this, kind of paranoid thinking: the world is against him. The whole town, the whole world...
So, he thinks he's been wronged and wants revenge? How to hurt those who've hurt him? That's the problem.
The idea of shooting is cultural. In some of our societies people talk about beating up or shooting other people without shame. In some cultures, shooting and being violent in general is considered to be cool, the way to go. If one believes environment plays a role in shaping our personalities, perhaps all that apology of violence has an influence in "teaching" people how problems "should" be solved.
In other cultures, the popular thing is to bomb people. They wouldn't have the idea of just shooting: bombing is their thing.
And so it goes.
I'd like to add that in many cultures the very idea of revenge is considered absurd. What do you think of revenge? I think it is absurd. Do you agree?
This post has been edited by alien2: Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:42 PM