Mass Killings: Choose Your Preferred Cause (and Exclude All Others)

August 12, 2019

The HuffPost explores the question of whether, as Donald Trump and others have claimed, video games are responsible for the frequent mass killings in the US. We learn that Trevor Noah, a late-night television comedian, “introduced ‘The Legislator: License To Bill’ ― in which players try to...

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

August 05, 2019

Another weekend and another spate of terrorist shootings in America carried out by young men motivated by hatred toward people who are ostensibly different to them, to such an extent that they are willing to kill people in mass shootings. In the rush to come to an understanding as to why these...

Mass Shootings: Can an Entire Culture Be Mentally Ill?

August 05, 2019

The US continues to honor its most stable ritual: trying, after the fact, to account for and suggest remedies to mass gun killings. Democrats are predictably calling for more stringent gun control while the Republican president insists that it’s all about mental illness. If you’re a politician...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Defining “Senseless” After Texas Shooting

November 08, 2017

The reality is that some killings are motivated by a frustrated sense of justice that takes a pseudo-military turn and others we simply don’t know why. Today's 3D Definition: Senseless After the shooting at a Baptist church in Texas, several commentators have predictably repeated the adjective...

Dealing Death by Firearm in America

October 20, 2017

In America, there is surely another gun nut with his screws loose planning the next atrocity. Here we are again, amid the greatest aggregation of firearms in the history of mankind, still pissing in an exceptionally fetid urinal. What passes in America for political leadership is again...

Orlando: The Usual and Unusual Suspects

June 14, 2016

The roots of the Orlando shootings grow deep into the fabric of American society. The routine begins again. The media are on top of it. We know who the killer is: His name is Omar Mateen, an American born to Afghan parents. He’s dead. We know practically nothing for the moment about his...