Category Archives: Mass Shootings

Important Facts About Mass Shooters From A Highly-Qualified, Retired FBI Profiler

Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole, senior FBI profiler/criminal investigative analyst (ret.), Behavioral Analysis Unit, and Editor-In-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Violence and Gender recently responded to Richard Freidman’s op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?” She disputes his conclusion that mass shootings are not predictable. If these crimes are not predictable, […]

Op-Eds Around the Net

More views of the latest mass shooting from around the net. James Garbarino, professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago. “What is most striking about killers is that for the most part, crazy or sane, they believe their acts of violence are justified. Rodger believed he was right to bring death to pretty women who […]

Interesting Array of Opinions About Why Elliot Rodger Did It

#ElliotRodger was a product of a misogynistic society. His actions were a result of socially cultivated attitudes towards woman #YesAllWomen — Oliver Finlay (@oliver_finlay) May 26, 2014 And I've said it before & I'll say it again: Racist extremists are mentally ill. #ElliotRodger — Viola Drago (Mona) (@ghostwriter333) May 26, 2014 Reading #ElliotRodger "manifesto" reveals […]

Everyone Has an Opinion: Tracking the Responses to this Latest Mass Shooting

SEVEN Dead Including Gunman in 'Mass Murder' California Shooting: #ElliotRodger #CaliforniaShooting #SADNews — Angel of Justice™ (@Christy_44) May 25, 2014 Maybe I am a cynic but the rhetoric about mass shootings has become predictable. Common themes to explain these massacres include: lax gun laws, mental illness, misogyny, chronic anger and rage, prescription medications, illicit […]

Evidence That Columbia Mall Shooter Was Suicidal, Idolized Columbine Shooters

The Howard County Police Department recently held a news conference sharing information about the investigation into the January shooting at the Columbia Mall. The shooting occurred on the morning of January 25, 2014 when Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, entered the upper level of the mall and killed two people and then turned the gun on […]

Aaron Alexis Was Quite Unstable

It’s clear that Aaron Alexis was quite sick. He was paranoid and heard voices. About six weeks ago, he told people that someone had threatened him at an airport in Virginia. Shortly afterwards, he thought that people were speaking to him through the walls, floor and ceiling of the naval base. He also heard voices […]

Mass Shootings: Failure of the Mental Health System

Mother Jones magazine studied 61 mass shootings, 24 of which occurred in the past seven years. Of particular interest was this finding: “Acute paranoia, delusions, and depression were rampant among them, with at least 35 of the killers committing suicide on or near the scene. (Seven others died in police shootouts they had little hope […]

Mental Illness and Mass Shootings

“David Gomez, president and chief executive of HLS Global Consulting Group, is a retired F.B.I. special agent and a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.” According to his article in the New York Times entitled: Hate Speech Alone Can’t Lead to an Investigation: “…I cherish the fact that in […]