San Bernardino Shooting: Incident Shows More Females Are Becoming Mass Killers

Posted: Dec 4 2015, 10:03am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Violence and Gender
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Social analysts and psychologists have begun to analyze the societal implications of the mass shooting that occurred in San Bernardino, California, yesterday; pointing to the fact that mass killings by way of terrorism is on the rise, and females are getting more involved in this vice.

Yesterday’s shooting was the 355th happening in the US this year, analysts say gun crimes involving females is morphing into more serious social evils playing out in the society in recent times.

"Shootings involving mission-oriented females may be a new threshold which should be concerning to all of us, and the incident in San Bernardino might just be a hybrid, and a harbinger, of shootings to come," explained Mary Ellen O'Toole, Director, Forensic Science Program at George Mason University.

Dr. O’Toole is also the Editor-in-Chief of Violence and Gender, a peer-reviewed journal that examines violence analysis, prediction, prevention, and the role of gender in killing incidents.

Writing their analyses in an article titled “The Mission-Oriented Shooter: A New Type of Mass Killer,” the authors describe in individual that seeks to kill as many people as possible or achieve the largest casualty possibly via a single crime as a mission-oriented shooter.

The study authors say this kind of criminal spends several months or years planning his or her strategy and perfecting plans before striking. Yesterday’s San Bernardino’s incident is about the first to have a female shooter participating in a mass shooting for a very long time.

"But in addition, from a behavioral perspective, the character and morality of people in this country appears to be seriously degrading,” Dr. O’Toole cried. “The lack of compassion, lack of guilt and empathy, an embrace of violence as a method to handle world problems, and a generalized world hatred push those people towards guns to carry out their desire for human destruction."

Dr. Jeremy Richman, founder and director of The Avielle Foundation pointed out that his agency is shocked at this recent incident and just sick thinking about it. He reiterated the need for the general public to eschew violence and embrace peace and constructive endeavors, and never to consider recourse to the gun as the way to solve the world’s problems.

“We must push for brain health advocacy and research. We are all responsible for meaningful change," Dr. Richman said.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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