Yesterday, another school shooting occurred in Washington near Seattle. This kid shot his friends. Not only did he shoot people, but they were his friends, even his cousins! Why?!? He was homecoming prince, played football, and was very popular. The motives seem to be missing. Not only in this case, but in a decent percentage of the cases. Many of the shooters tend towards mental instability, and many have symptoms of extreme beliefs. Though many may have been bullied, that is only a correlation in my opinion. So what are the real causes? Why have shootings occurred at an increasing rate?
There are so many variables here, but the main ones that need to be addressed are the proper diagnoses of mentally unstable kids and kids' access to guns in the US.
Kids should not have access to guns. We all know it. All of the school shooting cases show extremely easy access to guns. The notorious Columbine shooting resulted in gun control laws that required background checks at gun shows. The Newtown shooter lived in a house with a stash of guns. The Washington state shooter did as well. Enough said.
When kids are acting out and showing signs of instability, people need to get them some help. Many of the school shooters act out via social media posting foreshadowing things like "it'll never last...", which was tweeted by the recent Washington school shooter. These things may indicate that they are in distress and need help. The worst thing you can do is leave someone suffering alone. After many of the shootings, people start to realize that they missed big indicators in the students behaviors and social media posts. When they are mentally unstable and have access to guns, well, you can guess what might happen next.
I think these shooters want to be remembered in history for their shooting. They want to have an impact on history. They often research school shootings or terror attacks and idolize them. These kids think they will be remembered too, but as rapper Kendrick Lamar puts it:
"Everybody gon' respect the shooter,
but the one in front of the gun lives forever"
The shooter only briefly gets attention after the shooting but in reality the ones who were killed are remembered/honored forever.