"I'll be honest, when I first heard about 'another school shooting'
yesterday I almost didn't want to care, mostly because my mind flashed
to the media frenzy that would inevitably follow with news producers
masturbating violently to the prospect of fresh new raw material for
ratings and ad blocks and advertisers lining up on the phone for last
minute bookings while news anchors are instructed to "really amp up the
look of concern" via earpiece.
At the risk of sounding totally ignorant I'm not in the "ban guns" camp,
but in the police locking everything down, media blackout and no news
conferences for a month camp, because the wall to wall coverage becomes
an advertisement to the biochemically imbalanced that instant fame AND
VINDICATION can be had simply by bringing a gun to a school, no AGT
audition necessary, while simultaneously providing a release to their
years or decades of built up resentment and frustration toward their
ex-girlfriend, mother/father, institution, society, whatever the
they decided they feel marginalized and shoved into a corner by with the
lights turned out.
And so the idea of feeling some power and playing god for a few brief
moments becomes irresistible when they're at enough of a tipping point.
The suicide that these guys usually end with is also a power play, not
necessarily a "cowardly act" as some people assume, there's no fear in
those violent moments its all a flash drowned in adrenaline and
numbness. Its an "I will decide what happens to me, not you, I have all
the power here" dynamic."