Yes, I agree, it seems some people have a hopeless life with nothing to lose. Or are so emotionally torn up they resort to retaliation. Maybe providing for some opportunity in these inner cities would help. some pride where a guy/gal can make a good wage and actually have a life not worth losing to prison.
Sweden is having some interesting dynamics along this line.
Countries in Europe where these prisons are more humane also have lower recidivism rates. Our laws, being draconian as they are, effectively dump salt on wounds—especially drug-related charges. In many places the only opportunity left for a felon may be a temp agency, where the future prospect is a life of factory work.
The mass shooting issue itself is multifaceted. I don't think poverty is the denominator here...plenty of countries poor countries with even worse jails don't seem to have this problem. In USA it is relatively easy to obtain a firearm, the public is in thrall to the media with its narratives of fear and division, online culture is making radical ideas more mainstream, and there is a permeating sense that "things aren't working." The schools here are essentially wage worker factories, and the mental health system is busted. When the news covers suicides, suicide rates in the area actually go up. I wouldn't be surprised if the same happens with shootings, either by normalizing them or sewing seeds of thought, and we seem to be severely lacking in a cultural antithesis to this sort of behavior. In short, USA seems to have many ingredients of a perfect storm for these things.
I don't feel embarrassed about any mass shooting. I feel more pissed that are not understanding and publishing the motives. and then doing something about the motives.
The ones who survive the ordeal have to stand trial and undergo psychological evaluation. The information is out there, it's just that nothing seems to be done with it outside of the courtroom.
i mean that guy in Las Vegas, WTF was up with him?
Stephen Paddock seemed like a totally self-absorbed dude with severe depression. If he's anything like his brother, there's not too much of a surprise. Eric Paddock was elated talking about his brother...he was so busy talking the guy up that he seemed to forget that the guy committed the worst mass shooting in modern US history. The families missing a loved one back home got to hear about how Stephen used to get sushi at hotels...comped.