" A Shot In The Dark Of A Mass Murderer


A Shot In The Dark: The Mind Of A Mass Killer


Excuse the pun of my title however, this is my attempt to discern the problem that we have in America to date with the mass killings that have unfortunately taken place around the country and to begin with let's approach this topic from the angle in defining exactly what mental illness is and what forms it takes “What Is Mental Illness?” https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-mental-illness


So we've established by the experts themselves thus far that mental illness has a wide range of both personal or societal disfunction moving from fully debilitating to insignificant behavior issues that effect ones life and or, either allows one to function perfectly in the community or forbids a person from functioning in a community setting on the whole. 


In the past and especially on twitter, I've generalized the issue of gun violence being attributed to the mentally ill and or to be more specific the criminally insane for lack of better description and typing space in a particular tweet and for this I apologize as this is a far deeper issue then can be expressed in a singular online transmission.


I think in past years, we as a society have failed to address the real root of the problem here concerning these mass killings that has taken place nationwide in that, we as a nation tend to address the symptom of the illness and not the deep seeded illness within that thereby causes the symptoms in the first place or in other words, we first respond to the shock of the event, hold the vigils, and then turn the horrible loss of life into a political event to push one or the others agenda forward. 


Many Americans likened to myself tend to overly simplify the intricate issues of mental illness as a condition that anyone could have that causes them to act against the normal conduct that a society sets fourth, or ask and is expects from a individual that further maintains the strived for order within that suggested society as a general rule.


In fact, mental illness can be rooted in many areas ranging from genetic design to environmental influences, to social conditioning as this article suggest “Causes of Mental Illness” https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-causes-mental-illness#1


To further elaborate on a given set of environmental influences we could even entertain the the Earths change could be a possible contributor to some psychological impairment taking place as you can read over here in this particular article at: “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)” http://emfsafetynetwork.org/safety-precautions/electrical-sensitivity/ and “2012: Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens All The (Geologic) Time”


https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-poleReversal.html .


In short, our brain is the thing that allows us to both stay within a given set of moral and legal rules set fourth by a particular society however, it is our brains that become the most susceptible to our social and natural environments and given this fact, anything that influences the brain and or affects the brain in a adverse way can ultimately change ones behavior as this page surmises “Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression” http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891061815000599 .


“Into the Mind of a Psychopath” http://discovermagazine.com/2016/june/12-psychopath-and-the-hare I thought this was a enlightening article that outlined the things to look out for in a individual with particularly acute tendencies to act out in a violent or deadly way. 


Now here a article that will seems to make the connection between serial killers genetics and mental health “Psychopathic personality traits: heritability and genetic overlap with internalizing and externalizing psychopathology” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2242349/ .


Other drivers to mass murder according to this article states the following reasons as follows : “Serious mental illness, studies of mass killers suggest, is a prime driver in a minority of cases — about 20 percent, according to estimates by several experts. 


Far more common are distortions of personality — excesses of rage, paranoia, grandiosity, thirst for vengeance or pathological narcissism and callousness”. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/science/the-mind-of-those-who-kill-and-kill-themselves.html .


Again please allow me to reiterate that most persons with some degree of mental illness are the victims and not the perpetrators of violent crime as this page states as fact at: “Mental Health Myths and Facts”https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/index.html and thus, we as a society must make the distinction between those whom are more of a danger to themselves and those whom are a clear and present danger to the rest of us. 


To me as a American citizen who lives way out in the wilderness whom has a firearm in every room finds this following act by the Trump Administration to be a act of lunacy in itself simply by placing any kind of deadly force back in the hands of the unstable: “The Trump administration has already been rolling back gun regulations” http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/04/trump-administration-gun-regulations-rollback/


Here recently the Trump administration afforded and ensured that everyone had their weapon of choice including those of us who by train of common sense thought shouldn't be anywhere near a firearm as you can read about here on this page: “Trump Nixed Gun-Control Rule” http://www.factcheck.org/2017/10/trump-nixed-gun-control-rule/ .


This is the key phrase here “common sense” in my opinion lifting this gun restriction wasn't common sense on the Mr. Trumps part because when a person is deprived of a rational thought process of no fault of their own and you put a gun in their hand then catastrophe is bound to occur.


When we lift gun restrictions in where guys like Bundy and Dahmer can easily get their hands on deadly force, then this can't be a good thing or something that will work to the safety and benefit of law abiding citizens out here in the civilized world “Factors that led to Ted Bundy's Murders”: http://tedbundyproject.weebly.com/psychological-analysis.html and “Psychological Analysis of Jeffrey Dahmer”: https://jeffreydahmer-serialkiller.weebly.com/psychological-analysis.html .


Yes, common sense in the key phrase here that needs to be implemented by the United States government and including the courts therein by making the distinction in whom might be a threat to society and who's not when deciding cases of mental stability however, the laws more then likely need to change by staying within the realms of again, common sense practices to protect the public over all.


The problem isn't the firearm so much as our inability as a nation to take care of our most vulnerable people as follows: “Ronald Reagan’s shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness” 


https://www.salon.com/2013/09/29/ronald_reagans_shameful_legacy_violence_the_homeless_mental_illness/ and further, our politicians preoccupation in attempting to please all the people all the time instead of simply doing the unpopular but right things to do by God and man in protecting us from mass killers via seeking out the conditions causing these horrible events being the mass shootings 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_by_year.


Seeking out the real disease effecting America instead of telling us what we all want to hear via the gun control debate even though, the Obama gun proposal and orders were by far the best that I've seen to date that were in-affect dismantled by Mr. Trump and the Republican Congress “Emotional Obama calls for 'sense of urgency' to fight gun violence” http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/politics/obama-executive-action-gun-control/index.html 


Yes, we hear the argument from the NRA all the time in that, if these mass murders weren't using guns to kill people with they would be using cars, knives, bombs or their bare hands if it came down to that and you know what ? Their right and yet it comes down to reducing fatalities coming from these senseless attacks if at all possible by passing effective laws that effectively surp0ress these unlawful and heinous activities.


I'm not going to pretend to have all the answers here concerning these mass shootings, stabbings, vehicular homicides and the tragedies that incur but I do have a small sense of where it might be coming from as follows. We can start with mental health by discovering what ones perception of the world they live might be and how they choose to live in it and or, rebel against it. 


Again, in my opinion this is a multifaceted problem ranging from a person having a violent fantasy that they eventually plan to live out at the innocents expense, someone that feels slighted by the world and simply wants revenge by killing as many people as they can before being killed themselves and lastly, to those out there that just want to kill for the sake of the thrill and hence this problem plaguing America doesn't really have a fully effectual resolution to it and yet, we must widen our scope of inquiry past the issue of gun control. 


All in all, I think we need to classify these killers as lethal predators and develop a good profile on the various types of personalities that they exhibit in a effort to aid us further in their eventual and timely capture before they can do any harm to the populace however, the problem here is apprehending the shooter alive to further interrogate them since most of them are on a one way trip to hell.


This issue of mass killing and or, mass murder, is a very complex issue indeed as distinguishing between the recreational killer from the political killer, person that kills for religious reasons, killers that kill for the fun of killing from time to time, or killers that are in it for revenge killing as a statement before they themselves commit suicide by cop or otherwise and again, profiles need to be built to give us a heads up on a particular killer before they strike. At this time we are fighting a invisible enemy that is hell bent in striking out at society in a deadly way by whatever way seems best to them. 


Now, we can keep debating the second amendment and stay there until the end of time, or we can look for the underlying reasons and fixes to the problem of these deadly events and hence, find that fix that prohibits these predator killers from jumping over the precipice of what seems to be the realm of the criminally insane and or, stop them from walking the lunatics fringe simply by establishing what's sending these killers over the edge in the first place.


Until we get to the bottom of what's the catalyst might be here in these lethal events we will continue to see these killings become more frequent in the days ahead no matter what we do with the gun issue be they coming from a group like ISIS here in the states, or coming from some extremely impressionable idiot that just wants to go out in a blaze of glory via emulating a favorite but violent game they once liked to play. 


We shouldn't write off the mental disturbance factor that may be existing in the shooter to these tragedies as even though most mental illness isn't a problem in the United States, we have to understand that there are degrees from simple mental illness to intellectual madness affecting our very young as referenced here at this link of : “Slender Man trial: classmate who urged on vicious stabbing found to be mentally ill” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/16/slender-man-trialjury-finds-wisconsin-girl-stabbed-classmate/


In closing, is it fame a killer desires, a need for absolute revenge, a grandiose illusion that one can change the world via killing large quantities of innocent people, is it a fantasy that one wishes to live out and make it a reality in the real world, is it the thrill of the hunt, do these killers believe that they are more intelligent then the rest of us, is it a political or religious statement; is it an unquenchable need or desire to exact a deadly price in blood from a world that always looked down on them and a society that they never really felt a part of from the earliest point in their life ? Who knows, but one thing is for certain and that is, we have to know what illness these symptoms belong to before we can cure this disease of mass murder of the innocents in the United States.


By James R. Morgan ll

10-08-2017