Filling schools with metal detectors, surveillance cameras, police officers and gun-wielding teachers tells students that schools are scary, dangerous and violent places– places where violence is expected to occur. Mass killers are presented as radically different from other American males, but are they? Police did not provide details of the supposed felony nor release any information about the man, including his race. The Columbine High School killers were gifted students who fit nowhere and had nothing but a glorious death to look forward to. Video games alone net $16 billion annually. Jobs dwindle and debt soars. The military is the one sector in which the US has world hegemony. Neither Canadians nor Norwegians experience mass murder as an ongoing phenomenon. Women benefitted with independence, but also suffered with divorce and poverty. In order to stop shootings it is necessary to understand what are the main reasons underpining such cruel crimes and focus our policy efforts into tackling them. Reagan’s “reforms” included changing the time-honored practice of promoting experienced postal workers to supervisory positions from within the ranks of the postal workers union. As a sad consequence, not even a pandemic can stop Americans from being gunned down in mass-shootings. Routine indeed as there was a mass shooting on average of about every 3 weeks in the last term. The blind rage of mass killings is a wake-up call. The earliest citation is December 17, 1993 ... "Thirty-five people have been killed in 11 post office shootings since 1983." We are the world leaders in mass killing. Iraqi children have been killed since the US invasion of 2003. Why destroy the lives of strangers? • December 17, 1926, Adelaide: fired postal worker James Hannivan shot and wounded two employees at Adelaide General Post Office, before committing suicide by shooting himself in the head. Instead they hate their childhood needs that keep them dependent on the savage adults that surround them. The decisions to export American jobs were based solely on corporate profit regardless of the extensive social and personal damages those decisions produced. It was the US Post Office workers who put mass killing on the American map. Women’s skills in personal relationships, emotional labor, compromise and negotiation work better in a service economy, where aggression is unwelcome. Emotionally disturbed, angry American men express their rage in a culturally available American form, gun violence. Male wages have remained flat since the 1970s. Although the circumstances of each case differed, all of these mass killers saw no future or hope outside of revenge and death in a blaze of glory. No one is buying expensive space for that. Why God did not stop the Charleston shootings. The next most profitable refuge for wounded manhood is killer media, films, game boys and violent video games like the one on which Newtown killer Adam Lanza spent his days. It advertises male might with guns as power. Consider this, 15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since the Columbine school shooting in 1999. It was the US Post Office workers who put mass killing on the American map. Get reliable, independent news and commentary delivered to your inbox every day. All of the above figures have their origin in SIPRI (The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). Clementa Pinckney. Ubiquitous photos of children in villages reduced to rubble by our glorious military might testify to US war power. Between 1986 and 1997, more than forty people were gunned down by spree killers in at least twenty incidents of workplace rage. Young US men in college spend 16 hours a week. Some have blamed popular violent video games of the type Adam Lanza watched almost continuously. You can help: Make a monthly or one-time donation to amplify the voices of the journalists, scholars, and activists fighting for a better world! Yet, month after month we find ourselves desperately trying to raise the $50,000 we need just to keep publishing. The constant drumbeat of gun control as the only answer to stop the carnage. The latest US figures show that 5,740 US children and teens were killed by guns in 2008 and 2009, the latest year for which numbers are available. Upon … Lanza hated his mother – but also his childlike dependence on her absolute power over him. Here we assume that any and everyone capable of the biological act of conception is automatically capable of the exclusive 24-hour care of an utterly vulnerable life. We have a dysfunctional public mental health care system. Jobs dwindle and debt soars. That is a clue to consider. They are not even inexplicable, because every time Trunk hears of one he understands why it happened and who did it. It is time to respond to our initial question: Where does the murderous rage come from? His only outings were to a shooting range with his mother. Harriet Fraad is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. This year, it racked up $11.7 billion in sales and $992 million in profits.” There is no equal time for peaceful solutions to either our national and international struggles nor the pain of fruitless searches for family-waged work. They are not even inexplicable, because every time Trunk hears of one he understands why it happened and who did it. In a short time, Occupy Wall Street had reinvigorated the left and…. Truthout is a nonprofit and depends on your financial support. With disinformation & extremism raging out of control, the need for fearless, trusted journalism has never been greater. You’ll strengthen Truthout and help us spend less time fundraising and more time covering the issues you care about. Where does such murderous rage come from? Charleston, South Carolina. Elder said the man was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The key figure in the economic and social disempowerment of US workers was Ronald Reagan, who began his presidency by firing the mass of striking air traffic controllers and destroying their union. Eighth-grade boys in America spend an average of 23 hours a week playing video games. In America today, mass shootings remain the most terrible metric that distinguishes the country from the rest of the world. Our lives might depend on it. Handgun sales jumped 91 percent over March 2019, and rifles surged 73 percent. Under Reagan, the postal system was changed from a social service into a supposedly self-sufficient or profitable business. We have to look at the interaction of all the conditions of existence that combine to generate America’s mass killings. With disinformation & extremism raging out of control, the need for fearless, trusted journalism has never been greater. Being male is something all but one shared, and being white – or Asian, in the case of two – is also something shared. A powerful weapon, but actually not the weapon of choice for most mass shooters. With disinformation and extremism raging out of control, the need for fearless, trusted journalism has never been greater. The Columbine High School killers were gifted students who fit nowhere and had nothing but a glorious death to look forward to. In 1994, he was a visiting professor of economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne). As one of the few ad-free and nonprofit newsrooms left, we rely on people like you to keep us online. The military has the vast funds to buy our airspace, and advertise its ethos of armed force as a solution to national security problems. . Postal killings in various countries resulted in fatalities that have occurred on the properties of postal systems or related issues/events. They were characterized by harassment to produce greater productivity and a generally adversarial relationship to workers. They are joined by a nursing student at Oikos University, who killed seven schoolmates and administrators, as well as himself. Video games feed a sense that violence is a way to recapture male power and return men’s future. There are no mass ads promoting kindness and negotiating skills. No bank deposit books are issued. It seems like the right moment to initiate a nationwide campaign against the student lending industry. Truth and justice won't win unless we all do what we can. He murdered 15 postal workers and wounded more. Fully 176 Pakistani children have been killed by our drone strikes in 2012 alone. PhDs are on food stamps. Profitable refuges for male despair are sold in war and related killing. Yet only in America do we see so many mass shootings. Twenty-seven people were shot to death in lovely suburban Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. We need to create a socially organized, positive Left voice for hope, equality and change. “What was striking to me was that very often the kids don’t need the police to tell them who did this [after a shooting]. We have limited mass progressive movements and no socialist power blocks to address American pain and direct it toward the corporate military powers that rule our lives. The chance to negotiate union wages and job conditions was gravely wounded. Fraad reflects on the pervasiveness of mass shootings by white and Asian men and reviews some of the features that distinguish the US from other developed countries that may contribute to exceptional US gun violence. The nursing student who killed seven saw that he was cheated by his expensive for-profit nursing program and would be saddled with debt he could not pay, and shame that he borrowed scarce money from his aged father. Most police officers will go through an entire career without discharging their weapon in the commission of their job. He murdered 15 postal workers and wounded more. 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Unlike most of Pratchett's Discworld novels, Going Postal is divided into chapters, a feature previously seen only in Pratchett's children's books and the Science of Discworld series. It was a boon to farmers and new immigrants, who had used the system in their own countries. She is a founding member of the feminist movement and the journal Rethinking Marxism. You can help: Donate today to amplify the voices of those who are fighting for a better world! White male mass killings have grown exponentially. The huge shift to a service economy privileged women who dominate the growth sectors in lower-paid health and food service industries. Neither Canada, nor Norway has out-sourced its jobs to China. School debt now outstrips mortgage debt in the US. As American’s lives increasingly deteriorate, children increasingly die of neglect and abuse. The future looks grim for millions. The men involved in mass killings are all described as mentally ill. Their mental illness somehow serves as an explanation of mass killing. But on a daily basis, every single officer thinks about being in a gunfight. School shootings were put on the map by two very intelligent students at Columbine University who killed 12 classmates, a teacher and themselves in 1999. He was abandoned to his family as children are. Instead, supervisors without experience in the postal system were recruited. The Officer-Involved Shootings topic page provides news about cops in deadly confrontations, as well as tactical tips and columnists’ perspective on how to handle such situations. There is an additional factor. Why banning AR-15s and other assault weapons won’t stop mass shootings An AR-15. Events are listed in chronological order. For 40 years, she has been a radical committed to transforming US personal and political life. No one was allowed into the home. Closely related is our very lucrative private gun industry. Asperger Syndrome alone would not be a massive problem. Lost men and boys look for their power in the American way, through violence. Four-fifths of the jobs lost in our current recession have been male jobs in manufacturing, construction and big-ticket sales. Adam Lanza points a finger at another barbaric aspect of American life. Although it is true we have a disastrous system of mental health care, there are some disturbed people in every nation in the world. This is where the phrase “going postal” came from. June 17th. Somehow, shootings perpetrated by angry employees became reason to punish all law-abiding citizens. Fully 176 Pakistani children have been killed by our drone strikes in 2012 alone. We have a bigger military sector than the other 13 most-armed nations combined. 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Harris killed his ex-supervisor and her boyfriend at their home in, This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 16:09. by Louis Peitzman All other developed nations have mass movements and socialist power blocks to create hope, and a focus that makes anger into a socially progressive force. However, guns alone cannot explain mass murder. Since dependent children have so much in common with chattel, Lanza’s mother could legally withdraw him from school, provide no help or treatment and isolate him at home where all day he played violent video shooting games in a windowless basement with no other contact but his mother. Some shootings in clusters and others further apart. Although the circumstances of each case differed, all of these mass killers saw no future or hope outside of revenge and death in a blaze of glory. He wants the Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, to phase out door-to-door delivery completely in favor of curbside and "cluster box" service. They are joined by a nursing student at Oikos University, who killed seven schoolmates and administrators, as well as himself. As the Washington Post glibly noted , “The US gun industry has been one of the brightest spots in the US economy in recent years, even through the recent downturn. If all those people were killed by white women or immigrants, that too would have been a topic of discussion, to say the least. Police spokesman John Elder said the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. while officers were carrying out a traffic stop with a man suspected of a felony. We have profit churning mass media with films, videos, and advertisements pushing violence as a solution to problems from intimate life to international relations. This week, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pulled back on a host of cost-saving measures at the U.S. There is a social problem in America that extends beyond video games. Why does the US lead the world in mass killings? The fact that shooters tend to talk about their plans provides an important opportunity to disrupt plots before they are carried out, explained Newman. US killing is not restricted to war zones. Reasons for school shootings. Mass shootings are not unstoppable, and there are people trying to stop them. With disinformation and extremism raging out of control, the need for fearless, trusted journalism has never been greater. Four profitable refuges emerged. Obama himself saying this had become routine. Asian men had at that point also been largely included in the hegemonic gender. A key difference between Japan and the US is that Japan has maintained a strong social safety net. Somehow the fact that the killers were white men seemed unremarkable. He began a trend that has continued since, a trend of lowering real white male wages. Chicago postal workers threaten to stop delivering mail after multiple employees shot on the job A 24-year-old mail carrier was critically injured after getting shot on her route earlier this month. If you value what you read on our site, please consider making a small monthly donation to our January fundraising campaign! However, Japan, to name just one major industrialized society, allows books, films and video games whose violence is at least on a par with what is seen in the US. Going Postal is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 33rd book in his Discworld series, released in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2004. That may change in the coming weeks though, as the WSJ reports that Amazon will launch its own delivery service. More shots followed. During his testimony, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is likely to be asked about why he banned overtime work and extra routes taken by postal carriers to deliver the mail on time. Neither country has seen its educated youth plunged into debt and on food stamps. In fact, several states have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places. He is currently a visiting professor in the graduate program in international affairs of the New School University, New York City. The … How would this analysis apply to school shootings which are a relatively new male phenomenon? Maybe that is why we have more than 35 times more gun deaths than any of our developed counterparts? Going postal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The fact that the US leads the developed world in untreated mental illness is another contributor to mass killing. Within capitalism that is how decisions are made. His work is available at rdwolff.com and at democracyatwork.info. Adam Lanza of Newtown had his own story. Why not just hang a big, fat sign at the security checkpoint of each and every stateside base that reads, “Greetings, our sailors are unarmed!” Did you know? Mass murders beam a spotlight on the rage of American’s dispossessed, our workingmen and our children who see no future. American white men and Asian men have lost the family wage and with it their hegemonic positions in what was once secure employment. Reagan began the process of destroying the safe secure jobs that created middle-class families. That is a remarkable fact hidden in plain sight. It's important to be clear here. Truth and justice won't win unless we all do what we can. At present, the US is home to a vast group of predominantly white, dispossessed, enraged men. Guns are a second culprit. Now, a majority of managerial positions as well as most professional positions are held by US women. America is the only wealthy Western democracy that abandons its children to families with no qualifications but conception. The use of guns to solve to national, international and interpersonal problems is very much a part of US culture. 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