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killings often follow a personal rejection by a female
in males, there is this added, and quite stereotypical category of power--- as pure, literal POTENCY (cough!).


nobody can live feeling perpetually powerless, humiliated, weak, the underdog. it's impossible. for anyone to live like that.


so regardless whether the power had been taken from one (objectively taken, or from their point of view) on the sexually libidinal level, social level, physical level... something needs to be done. usually the first idea is to flip the tables around. i'll be the omnipotent one, that'll do away with my problem for ever. and people who have felt others' power has always been abused, used against one, may automatically turn to using their own new found power (or it's substitute: a political mandate, a gun, etc) in the same way.


alternatively, one could do may things to help the powerlessness. one may acquire healthier and constructive power. one may choose to question the binary power/powerlessness entirely: what IS power? what does it realistically, objectively mean to be powerless, can we operate beyond this stupidly narrow dynamic of big dog/ underdog, Omnipotent aggressor/helpless victim and so forth. it opens the way for sublimation of the complex.



so much of powerlessness boils down to shame and humiliation, that the older i get (that sounds like i'm saying i'm a decrepit ruin, or an ancient oracle lol), the more i think the majority (if not..all?) societal and individual conflicts can he helped by...



restoring human dignity...



always, everywhere.

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I've been wondering this for quite some time now.


Ever notice how shooting sprees are done by single males in their 20-40's ?


They all also have one thing in common, lack of a sex life. They don't have wives, no girlfriends, hardly any friends, they are loners.


Am wondering, does being alone affect people in harmful ways ? Or were these men already mentally ill to begin with ?


Why don't women go on shooting sprees ? Why is it only men ? Does being lonely affect men more than it does women ?


Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter? He was married twice. Not single.


Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik (San Bernardino shooting.) Not single.


Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers was married. Not single


Nidal Malik Hasan, the Ft. Hood gunman was looking for a wife.


Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter had a girlfriend who dumped him.


Radcliffe Haughton Brookfield, WI shooting was married


So, I don't know where you're getting your facts from but I'd probably double check your sources.


As for killers (shooters, killers they all want people dead) Google female serial killers. Google women who have killed their children. You'll find a whole lot of people.


As for the shootings, there are a host of ideas. Some were mentioned in previous threads; others hate Americans, or those who oppose their religion, way of life etc.


Take a trip to Africa or the Middle East. Or go to the library and look up U.S. History and see how they acquired some of the land here. It wasn't loners, or people who weren't having sex. Look at 911, or the killings overseas in France, Istanbul etc.


Just remember, everything you find on the internet or read on Facebook isn't necessarily true.

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There have been female shooters, just nowhere near the number of male shooters. Just as there have been female serial killers, but again nowhere near the number.


Examples: Here are a few examples of female school shooters. In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer committed a sniper attack at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. In 1988, Laurie Dann, age 30, shot young children in Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, Illinois. At Penn State University in 1996, 19-year-old Jillian Spencer, who was trained in the Army Reserve as a sharpshooter, opened fire on random students. Latina Williams, a 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical Institute, killed two classmates in 2008. Finally, in 2010, Professor Amy Bishop shot six colleagues in the biology department at the University of Alabama.


This comes from an article discussing the phenomena that might be of interest:


I've helped clients do a few studies on violence and so I have some familiarity with it. Why it's that way isn't as clear. I've read plenty that seems to point to the fact that women who kill tend to do so at a more intimate level and a gun simply is not an intimate weapon of choice. Women also tend to kill more for financial gain whereas mass shooters, I think it's a form of suicide/punishing society at large.


Biology, I suppose although no one wants to admit it, plays a part. Women and men have different capabilities although again it's never a one sex only does this type of thing. I found that out in working in the field of domestic violence. In fact, the female abusers I met were often far more frightening to me than the male ones simply because of how insidious they were. A man who is abusive, no one really questions it you know? But if an abuser is wearing pearls and looks like that pretty perfect "I hope my son marries someone like that" type of person, most people just won't believe it.


It's a very real issue.


Also case in point the couple who went on the rampage in San Bernardino. One half of that duo was a woman, the wife.


Bottom line though these are anomalies in human behavior, aberrations if you will. A majority of people do not do that kind of thing nor would they ever imagine it as a solution to anything. It's a mentality I still can't figure out no matter how many psychology classes, theories and books and articles I read.


Personally, I wish I would never have to see or hear anything about it again, because it just doesn't exist. Period. There's also a ton of cases that never get publicized or publicized heavily. Few for instance even know there was an attempted mass shooting at a nightclub in El Paso. It just didn't have any fatalities although several people were shot, because someone in the crowd saw the shooter, figured out what was going on, and ironically shot the guy to stop him before disappearing into the crowd themselves. I knew about that, because I knew people who were there that night. This was before Orlando, but it wasn't heavily promoted or carried in the media since it was essentially a non-event or just not sexy enough media-wise to carry to any great degree since no one died. (Thank heavens for that, because I am sick to death reading about these events.)


I also do to some degree have some skepticism in that I think the media tends to pick and choose what cases to blast all over the place and what ones to keep quiet about. Only a tiny amount of what goes on in the world might make it into more than a local news outlet let alone nationally.

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With no apparent concern about being a cliché, on January 30 of that year, Jennifer San Marco forced her way into the postal processing plant where she formerly worked and killed seven people, and then herself, with a 9mm pistol.


As is often the case, no satisfying explanation really emerged from San Marco's shooting. She was out of work and had seemed paranoid, but she wasn't out for revenge after losing her job.




"....a well-to-do 23-year-old in Kuwait who took revenge on her ex-husband's entire wedding party on August 15, 2009. She doused the tent with gasoline in the section where the wedding's women and children were cordoned off, and 57 people perished in the ensuing inferno. The new bride, however, made it out alive. Al-Enezi insisted to the end that she just sprinkled it with "cursed water." She was hanged in 2010.




"Brenda "I Don't Like Mondays" Spencer isn't just a mass killer; she was the first of the American school shooters. Shooting up a school is a stunt that, like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, people tend to forget got its start with a woman, or, more accurately, a 16 year-old girl. Her crime, the Cleveland Elementary School shooting, happened on January 29, 1979, in San Diego. She killed the principal and a custodian with a .22 rifle and wounded eight children. Fortunately, no children died.


Her bizarre explanation, that she didn't like Mondays, and that a little murder "livens up the day," placed her squarely in the too-goulish-to-be-completely-crazy camp."


And that's just a few:


From "A Brief History of Female Rampage Killers" by Mike Pearl.

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