Our media is often dotted with news of gory mass killings at some or other part of the globe forcing us into a momentary lapse of a reason behind this heinous crime. It invokes an instant feeling of terror and insecurity amongst us. All of a sudden a place which was the cradle of peace and beauty gets transformed into a terror-ridden grave of violence.
But the first thought that crops up in our minds are what kind of megalomaniacs can commit such a despicable act? And what could be the prime thought boggling his mind which leads them to the crime scene? Mass killings play second fiddle to terrorism, the only difference being the anonymous character it assumes, unlike terrorism which is mostly affiliated with a terrorist outfit or religious extremism.
The most compelling thought behind mass killings (which is common to almost all of them) is that the victims are innocent people who were either engaged in their daily activities or were laid back into a vacation mode in some serene locale unaware of the brusque incident about to destroy their lives within seconds.
On Sunday a 26-year-old Kevin Patrick Kelley walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas and opened fire killing 26 and wounding 20, in what was regarded as the deadliest mass shooting in the State’s history.
And with a surge in the quantum of mass shooting over the recent years the investigators are trying to zero in on the facts related to this haphazard crime which defies any cast, creed or religion and represents an underlying social problem of mental health.
A recent data analysis by FBI revealed that almost 54 percent of the mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence. But one of the most horrifying revelations made by some of the onlookers was that the gunman Kelley even shot crying babies at point blank range. But how unfortunate and bizarre is the case when a shooter’s alibi to kill a congregation of prayer mass is not a political reason at large but his ongoing conflict with his mother-in-law that led him to blow things out of proportion.
Just a month ago a similar mass shooting wreaked a havoc when another 64-year-old man unleashed fire at a crowd of 22000 concert goers from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay resort casino. We come across a streak of such gun attack violence crisscrossing the map of America threatening our lives.
Gun control problem is one of the serious concerns of American society where yielding a gun seems as good as holding a banana. It is one of the few countries in the world where the right to own a gun is constitutionally protected.
According to Lori Post a violence researcher and director of Institute of Public Health and Medicine at Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University, it is common for people with a history of domestic violence to kill the victim as well as the people surrounding the victim. Committing this sort of crime makes the killer feel omnipotent and researchers refer to these type of killing as “collateral intimate partner homicide.”
The problem with mass shootings is that the convicts normally get away with their arms in spite of legal restrictions which is due to the loopholes in the gun control law. When it comes to access the guns, US has far and away the most violent gun history statistics. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident at least 1518 mass shootings have been reported in the US.
Also one of the most alarming facts about the mass shooting is that in every case the killer commits suicide in the end. Ir has been found that the rise in gun control deaths has no relation whatsoever with the population, immigration or mental health issues. Gun control problem is a social stigma for developed nations like the USA.
However, the good news is that stricter gun control laws can inhibit the convict from committing such crimes. It’s time to raise the bar and concerns to prevent mass shootings.
It’s important to implement tighter gun control laws and maintain a database of potential gun violence perpetrators so that they could be tracked in future for restriction of gun purchase. A nonprofit called Fatal Encounters is collecting reports from media, law enforcement agencies and public and comparing them with the news reports for an active analysis of the gun control situation.
Sooner or later we believe to put an end to gun homicide and propagate gun vigilantism as a model nation for others to watch.