There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.

If you must “do something”, do this. It’s likely the only thing that will make an actual difference — and will likely make the world overall a better place too.

Rob Myers

There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.

isolation

That’s right. You’re not going to like it because it’s going to require you to do something personally, as opposed to shouting for the government, or anyone to “do something!”

You ready? Here it is:

“Notice those around you who seem isolated, and engage them.”

If every one of us did this we’d have a culture that was deeply committed to insuring no one was left lonely. And make no mistake, as I’ve written before loneliness is what causes these shooters to lash out. People with solid connections to other people don’t indiscriminately fire guns at strangers.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s never going to work because no one is going to make the effort to connect with the strange kid sitting by himself at lunch each day. No one is going to reach out to…

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2 thoughts on “There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.

  1. geeez! i had to rebut this on fb just the other day. notice the key word ‘isolated’. as in, you’ll most likely (statistical chance too small to compute) never get anywhere near them. like lanza, they might go to school, but those types of personalities push people away, they don’t embrace and listen to them. even if classmates knew what to say in the first place. as for teachers and councilors at the school, those types usually reject authority and, in any case, unless the parents are rich, there’s nowhere to send them. see below.

    and thanks to traditional religions, mental illness is seen as a demonic influence and since reagan closed up all the mental facilities in the 80s, might yield you a homemade amateur exorcism.

    as you predicted in the lead-in, no i don’t like this ‘solution’.
    /guy

    • Some of those you describe may be too far gone. But they may not. And others may only be starting down that road, when a friendly word may help and bring them back to a right path.

      Too many stories out there of people that felt horrible, ready to kill themselves, but then someone randomly smiled at them or did something kind for them, and they decided to not kill themselves.

      Maybe if we did just randomly smile at people, wave at people, say hello with bright eyes and a smile as we walked down the street… instead of being gruff, with our noses in our phones, thinking everyone’s the asshole… well, yeah, maybe it just might help. I mean, if we must “DO SOMETHING” then what cost is it to anyone to just smile and be friendly and warm and loving to our fellow man? And the side-effects here are a damn lot better than any other proposed “solution” I’ve heard about. I can’t see any downside to this.

      I just hate that everyone views this as a gun problem. Mass killings happen with various implements, but for some reason people want to focus on guns. Elsewhere in the world where people don’t have access to guns, they still perform mass killings, usually with (homemade) bombs. So really, the problem isn’t implements and tools, but something else. It may be politics, it may be religion, it may be ideologies… but here in the US, a damn lot of it is just people that are angry and disenfranchised. Why don’t we look at why that’s the case and see what we can do about it?

      And yeah… hippie me just wants to spread a little more love, because I do think that’s at least part of the answer.

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