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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:16 AM

The most notorius killers: Why are the majority of assailants in these random, mass murders white

The most notorius killers: Why are the majority of assailants in these random, mass murders white males?


Of all the information turned up about Adam Lanza in the days since he killed 27 people and himself in Newtown, Conn., two obvious facts have barely been mentioned: He was a man, and a white man at that.

No one really knows what prompted Lanza's actions, so theories and commentaries about the gender and racial dynamics of his crimes are debatable at best.

But the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of mass shootings in America have been committed by men -- most of whom were white.

The racial and gender dynamics of such crimes are rarely discussed or probed in the aftermath of these crimes. More attention is paid when the perpetrator doesn't fit the prevailing pattern.

Many media commentators, including some in the Korean-American community, speculated on the role that Seung Hui Cho's Korean background played in the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Also, many wondered if alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan's Muslim background played a role in that crime.

White males have no monopoly on mass killings; relative to population, African-Americans are overrepresented among the perpetrators of crimes involving the death of four or more people, according to criminologist James Alan Fox. These crimes include robberies gone awry, gang-related slayings and family disputes. But white men carried out or were accused of many of the most notorious episodes of random public killings in recent decades, from Oklahoma City to Columbine, Colo., to Tucson, Ariz., to Aurora, Colo., to Newtown.

Of 62 mass shootings in public places during the past 30 years, 44 were done by white males, according to a tally by Mother Jones magazine. Only one assailant was a woman.


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Reply The most notorius killers: Why are the majority of assailants in these random, mass murders white (Original post)
AlphaCentauri Dec 2012 OP
Confusious Dec 2012 #1
AlphaCentauri Dec 2012 #3
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #7
Recursion Dec 2012 #2
Confusious Dec 2012 #4
exboyfil Dec 2012 #5
AlphaCentauri Dec 2012 #10
Glassunion Dec 2012 #6
_Liann_ Dec 2012 #8
applegrove Dec 2012 #9
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #11
GoCubsGo Dec 2012 #12
slackmaster Dec 2012 #13
Nye Bevan Dec 2012 #14

Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:19 AM

1. Why are most of the mass murders in China chinese?

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:19 AM

7. Agree

Thanks for the stats

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:20 AM

2. Because when crazy non-white people kill a lot of people, we call it "terrorism" (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:37 AM

4. Terrorism is defined as violence perpetrated for a religious, political or ideological reasons

Anti-abortion killers should be termed that, but rampage killing has no objective beyond killing.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:57 AM

5. I suspect if you look at Asian and Asian American

killers they would be off the charts on a per capita basis. Currently European Americans are 72% and that percentage was higher 30 years ago so we would expect around 48 killers to be European American. Asian are 5% so you would expect around 3 (I counted 7).

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:10 PM

10. Probably not all potential mass killers

are not sitting in a jail cell

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:11 AM

6. Should we ban white men?

I work with a quite few and I really like them. I'd sure hate to ban them. Would the ban be on existing white dudes or will we just ban the manufacture and sale of new white dudes?

I believe in my right to keep and bear white dudes.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:39 AM

9. White, male privilege used to mean that

either psychopathic or psychotic young men could find a wife and keep busy abusing or treating them weird, even if they didn't have a prospects, social skills or a job. Since domestic violence laws have been vigourously enforced in the last 30 this is no longer open to them as an outlet for their rage. Minimum wage laws and income support for the poor mean that young women are not that desperate anymore.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:21 PM

11. How about we look at all US murders, broken down by the race of the murderer,

to see if any particular race is overrepresented in the statistics, and then speculate as to why this is the case?

Does anyone have those numbers?

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:45 PM

12. I have been wondering that, too.

Thank you for that article. It does have some good insight as to why some of the white males committed mass murders more so than females or males of other races. It doesn't explain everything, it helped me make a little more sense of it all.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 05:00 PM

14. Hey, no fair. This thread is about mass murders perpetrated by caucasian males.

And you can't deny that those mass murders are generally committed by white guys.

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