The ideological motivations are across the board and some don't even seem ideological, but I want to read Mark Ames' book "Going Postal" about it – he apparently pins mass shootings on the pressure to live out the dying American Dream mutating into rage when things don't work out. Toxic, abusive environments from workplace to schools. Mass shootings were almost completely unknown before the 1980s.
It's not just white guys. Christopher Dorner was kinda like this but he declared war on the entire LAPD – and he was a former LAPD officer who lost his job. But he probably experienced all kinds of abusive behavior from his fellow officers, was subjected to racism, etc.
I think the easy availability of guns definitely plays a part. It's trivial to buy an AK-47. But it's much deeper.>>134370>not only they are a nation always at war but their media is almost entirely made up of either impirialists soldiers killing people of different ethnicities or psichopaths being edgy
It's rarely used outside some of the academic research, but there was a term for them once called "pseudocommandos" which described how mass shooters like to adopt an alter-ego of an avenging lone warrior or "dark" superhero character. It's very strange. You'll often them photograph themselves aiming a gun at a camera, posing with guns, etc. while dressed in "tactical" gear and cool sunglasses. For a non-American example, Anders Breivik fits the mold. He created a whole alternative universe with himself as the "hero." Not to get all Freudian because I barely understand it, but it's like they're so alienated, they create this alter-ego that is operating on death drive and that consumes the shattered personality that existed before.
But at least the alter-ego Tyler Durden terrorist personality they've constructed has a goal and a purpose – a horrendous one but it's something. So it's a kind of madness, but it's a peculiar and focused kind of madness while otherwise being "normal" and going about their day. They can prepare for months or years. You could be standing in line at a Burger King and the guy next to you could be plotting a mass shooting he'll carry out in six months and you would never know.
Witnesses often report that mass shooters seem very calm. Breivik repeatedly said "oh wow" when he shot people like he was playing a real-life video game. It's a disturbing thing to think about and I don't want to dwell on it, but some shoot themselves to close out their "mission" and I wonder what they're thinking when they do that. Did they plan to do that all along? Or did they get hit with the sudden realization of what they just did?>>134377>A surprising amount of clubs and house parties (alcohol + gun?)
Drunk, stupid young men with guns at a party. An argument breaks out over a girl. Someone pulls out a gun and people get shot. Young men + stupid beef + gun = dead body. That's a big chunk of the homicides in America. Also shootings outside strip clubs seem like a pretty regular occurrence here. Men with beef, criminals, etc. Argument ensues.
I know one guy who was almost caught up in a mass shooting. Several of his friends were getting married and had a party at a house, but the ex-husband of one of the women at the party wasn't invited. She had broken up with him and married another guy. He had trouble finding work and was drinking a lot, and that night got drunk at a bar, walked into the house with a rifle and killed nine people including himself. My friend had to unexpectedly leave town (either for work or for a family issue, can't remember) otherwise he would've been there.