English Paper Crime rates in the U.
S. has beensteadily dropping over the past twenty years. However, the number of massviolence crimes have increased in the last ten years. Many people are affectedby mass shootings and thy want to know why the shooter committed the crime. Theincrease in mass violence, specifically mass shootings, that is caused bysocial anxiety, accessibility to deadly weapons, and violent upbringings hascaused many people to search for the reasons why these crimes are committed andhow to prevent them in the future. One of the main causes of today’smass shootings is social anxiety or depression in the shooter.”Given their few social ties,combined with the stress of not doing well in school (for Holmes and Rodgerspecifically) and subsequent withdrawal, Holmes and Rodger may have feltisolated and lost, and felt that violence, including shooting, was a viableresponse to these stresses.
” (Jaworski) Jaworskitalks about how two people responsible for mass shootings were withdrawn fromtheir school community and did not have strong relationships with the peoplearound them. This is a common feeling in most mass murderers. They feel likethey are alone.
Also, because they are alone, they don’t have anyone to keepthem in check. People today tend to feel more pressured to fit in becausesocial media, and how easy it is to be connected to everyone. When people arenot included in any social media, they could feel like they are left out andisolated. The quote, “The BritishBroadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that James Holmes had no romanticattachments, but was involved in a video game group. However, outside of thisgroup, there was no mention of Holmes having close friends.” (Jaworski)explains how in one case, James Holmes, responsible for the Aurora shooting,spent most of his time “socializing” with a video game group, but neveractually spent time with anyone in his real life.
This shows that all of thetechnology that we have now causes people to become obsessed with things likevideo games, and never spend time with people in their real lives. Because ofthis, they miss all of the events that everyone else is experiencing whichcould cause the person to, again, feel like they are isolated. When someonedoesn’t socialize with anyone around, it is impossible for them to have anyclose friends. One of the best ways to understand why mass shootings occur isto not focus on psychology of the shooter, but to focus on social context oftheir life.
(Jaworski) Many people choose to look at what might have been wrongwith the shooter mentally. Even if they do have some sort of mental disability,they were pushed over the edge by the stress from their social life. Anotherreason why people commit mass shootings is because they feel like the only waythat they can