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Why do you think there were no mass murderers like James Holmes before the mid 1990's?

tncdel 2012/08/14 00:02:55
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I don't recall anyone senselessly killing a lot of people "for the hell of it" till Timothy McVeigh pulled his bombing stunt. After that the senseless massacres became almost common place.

What do you think caused this CHANGE in our society?
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  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/08/14 10:44:17
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    Beat Magnum True Hero
    They'e always been around, we just didn't hear about them as much.
  • Country Gentleman 2012/08/14 05:47:43
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    Country Gentleman
    People with too much time on their hands, possibly drug and alcohol problems and a society that condones violence and anti-heroes in its entertainment.
  • wtw 2012/08/14 04:11:38
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    wtw
    The government had not quite perfected the building a fruitcake formula!
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/08/14 03:02:21 (edited)
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    Mark In Irvine
    1976, California State University at Fullerton

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    seven killed; two wounded
  • RobHom 2012/08/14 01:50:36
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    RobHom
    Google "Charles Whitman"

    http://www.tshaonline.org/han...

    In 1966 he climbed a bell tower on the campus of the University of Texas, killed 15 and shot a total of 45 people....
  • Azazyel's Dragon 2012/08/14 01:30:57
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    Azazyel's Dragon
    Good question; what's going on? Have people lost their marbles...
  • rand 2012/08/14 01:30:02
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    rand
    +1
    My theory is that you've forgotten the sniper at Texas U. in the mid-60's and many others.
  • Azazyel... rand 2012/08/14 01:31:45
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    That is true, rand. I didn't think about that...
  • rand Azazyel... 2012/08/14 14:53:15
    rand
    +1
    If you get any statistics on whether the per capita numbers of mass killings (as defined as ???) have increased, please share them. It seems to me that they are on the rise and may reflect increasing levels of stress in our society.
  • jgh57 2012/08/14 01:01:38
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    jgh57
    The first I know of was the Frontier Jr High shooting in Moses Lake, WA in Feb of 96. I'm not sure why they started.
  • Red 2012/08/14 00:59:57 (edited)
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/08/14 00:45:22
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    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +2
    People dealt with the word "no" and failure a little better than the recent generations.
  • beachbum 2012/08/14 00:31:24
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    beachbum
    +2
    But there were.......the University of Texas tower shootings - Charles Whitman comes to mind immediately (1966).
  • tncdel beachbum 2012/08/14 01:01:33
    tncdel
    +1
    Isolated cases. Three times during the 50 years preceding the 1990's. The frequency rate quadrupled since 1990.
  • beachbum tncdel 2012/08/14 01:18:27
    beachbum
    True.........Our world has become upside down, and seems to get worse and worse.
  • Mark In... tncdel 2012/08/14 03:03:04
    Mark In Irvine
    three times? more than that i'm sure ...
  • kevracer 2012/08/14 00:15:37 (edited)
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    kevracer
    +3
    althought the 101 California killing in 1993 certainly brought it to the public's attention I think you're a bit mistaken in thinking there were none before the 1990's

    Howard Unruh in 1949
    Ray Starkweather and his GF in 1958
    James Oliver in 1984

    my personal thought is that automatic and assualt style rifles have become easily available since the 1980's- hard to have a mass killing using a musket
  • sockpuppet 2012/08/14 00:14:42
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    sockpuppet
    +1
    I think Hollywood and the Media are responsible for a lot of this sort of thing.
  • Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~ 2012/08/14 00:08:56
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    Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~
    +5
    There have been others
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... 1966
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... 1991
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... 1958
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    It is part of the agenda now, before they were random and spread out more.
  • tncdel Kat ♪.B... 2012/08/14 01:02:05
    tncdel
    Isolated cases. Three times during the 50 years preceding the 1990's. The frequency rate quadrupled since 1990.
  • Kat ♪.B... tncdel 2012/08/14 01:04:16
    Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~
    +1
    Many more if considering non-shootings
  • RobHom tncdel 2012/08/14 01:55:44
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    Actually if you go down thru the wiki listings, there are quite a few. Big difference was: We didn't have the media or the net, and something could happen somewhere and you might not hear about it for days, and then it might have been sparse news.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/08/14 00:08:21
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    themadhare ~IJM
    +4
    There were Richard Specks, Charles Witmans, Boston Stranglers, and Zodiac Killers for a long time.
  • Katie1234 2012/08/14 00:07:20
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    Katie1234
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    People for the most part were completely sane. Nowadays people are crazy.
  • tncdel 2012/08/14 00:05:30
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    tncdel
    +1
    Our society took a significant turn for the worst just within the last 20 years. I'm trying to figure out why.
  • sockpuppet tncdel 2012/08/14 00:16:21
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    +2
    An attention-starved generation who essentially raised themselves, maybe?
  • kevracer tncdel 2012/08/14 00:16:52
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    I think there are a number of reasons- violent video games, movies, etc just to start the list
  • tncdel kevracer 2012/08/14 01:03:00
    tncdel
    Don't forget RAP MUSIC too!
  • kevracer tncdel 2012/08/15 17:52:56
    kevracer
    certain segments of the entertainment industry glorify violence for profit. If the public buys it, good for them, but look at the potential long-term damage that is done
  • Red tncdel 2012/08/14 01:05:30
  • Flip-182 tncdel 2012/08/14 20:10:09 (edited)
    Flip-182
    So the late 1940's and 1950's did not have the highest cases of husbands beating their wifes in the USA. you live in your own fantasy world. If anything the past was worse because their was more racism and people hated you more if you did not fit in with the norm. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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