In the conversations and articles I have seen in the wake of the horror in Connecticut, I am pleased that at least some people are breaking from the narrative the media are trying to create about the need to control guns and considering other issues behind last week’s shooting.
Blogging law professor William A. Jacobson ask if the cultural War on Young Men contribute to mass murders. He excerpts 22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America:
When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words.
We have raised an entire generation of young males that don’t know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost. Sometimes they feel so lost that they “snap” in very destructive ways. Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two names that come to mind.
Why is it that mass murderers are almost always young men?
(Jacobson via Instapundit.) Yes, that is the real question. One which should be asking. Not just about mental illness, but about young, mentally unstable young men who commit mass murders and other atrocities.
Bear in mind as well that in many (but not all) hero myths, the young hero is frequently violent and often proud. In short, some of the questions we’re asking aren’t new ones, just ones that we human beings need to keep considering.