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Three Contributing Factors to the Shooting at Ft. Hood

The attempt to use mental illness or an “unknown motivation” to explain Spec. Ivan Lopez’s shooting rampage at Ft. Hood seems to have overlooked evidence about three joint contributing factors to the violence. To prevent similar tragedies in the future and to increase safety in organizational settings, it is necessary to understand these factors. Read More

Another point of view

I have no problem with the author's analysis of the factors leading to this event. I think it is valuable however to frame the prevention of these events within a broader practical context.

Conceptually we want to provide safe, fair, equal, healthy work environments. No one disagrees there.

However in terms of being able to provide such environment ALL THE TIME and UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES (which is what the law and social activists are expecting) we have reached the point where we are asking organizations to be responsible for everything within their walls whether they have any controls about it or not.

This kind of violence is only 1 issue, there are dozens of other issues that other concerned citizens feel as strongly about and want organizations to address.

Each proponent also wants committees to address these other concerns so realistically when we look at this holistically we would need dozens of committees in organizations to address issues that are not related to the purpose of the organization.

How is this practical ? "S..t happens" is no longer acceptable in our society. We always feel we could have, should have prevented everything. Gandhi, Jesus Christ and Buddha could be running the world and we would find them lacking.

To do the best we can is one thing. To think we can prevent more and more things through more and more prevention is not wise.

Thank you for your comments.

Thank you for your comments.

All of us deal with big and

All of us deal with big and small injustices every day. Most of us don't resort to this kind of violence. These crimes are usually not a sudden and irrational response to some immediate injustice anyway. They're almost always premeditated. They're meticulously planned in advance and the perpetrators usually have histories of violence.

I think the primary cause is narcissistic rage and a desire for power and control, which stems from a deep seated sense of entitlement. When those perceived entitlements are not met or are lost - eg. a man fails to find a partner, a wife leaves her husband and/or takes their children, a man feels slighted at work or loses his job - his ego is threatened and he responds with rage. I don't think it's a coincidence that almost all spree killers, mass shooters and serial killers are male. We need to look at that particular form of masculinity and raise boys with a healthier attitude towards themselves and others to prevent these crimes in the future. Strangely, this most obvious common denominator is largely ignored in most discussions of these crimes. Male violence is the elephant in the room.

Thank you for your comments.

Thank you for your comments.

The office couldn't give the man a form

Perhaps the office ran out of forms. Maybe the printer was broken. Maybe they hadn't received their shipment of forms. Whatever it was, the man was told to return the next day.

Because of this the man went into a rage. Life is all about him all the time. People need to meet his needs no matter what. Not providing the form when he wanted it was the biggest insult of all, and the form office needed to be taught a lesson right then and there.

This isn't a psych issue, it's a narcissism issue. I wish everybody would quit feeling sorry for this guy. He's not a victim.

Thank you for your comments.

Thank you for your comments. AP reported on the day after the event that he just learned that the headquarter in Wash DC rejected his family leave request. Its possible that he went to the office at the base to demand another leave form and was told to come back later.

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Key Sun  is a psychologist and social worker. He has taught at Central Washington University and Bastyr University.

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