Another Week, Another Shooting

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Another shoot ’em up.

This time in a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a shooting rampage left seven dead.

Immediately there is the search for motivation because why would anybody enter a place of worship (or a theatre) and open fire indiscriminately on people the shooter does not even know? Is the man crazy?

What do we know about mass shooters?

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Most, but not all are loners; most but not all are intelligent; most but not all sometimes exhibit extraordinary behavior; most but not all feel rejected either by a woman, their job,or their community; most but not all feel a sense of injustice; but  all shooters are male.

The question is: What is there in maleness that gives them the propensity for such violence? Of course not all males are violent, but this kind of violent behavior is exclusive to males.

June Stephenson, Ph.D., examines this quesion in her book, Shooters: Schoolyard Shooters, Relationship Shooters, Workplace Shooters.

She compares American male violence with violence in existing tribes, and with chimpanzees who share 99 percent of their DNA with humans.

Stephenson offers solutions in the way Americans raise their boys, keeping in mind that not all boys grow up to be violent, but that extreme violence, as in the shooting at the Sikh Temple, is exemplified in males only.

With repetitive shootings as in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Aurora, Colorado; Virginia Tech, it’s time we delved further into the real causes of these terrible tragedies.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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