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Response to bvar22 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:01 PM

15. Population size?

Social and cultural factors?

There are some commonalities among people who commit these sorts of killings; they either have post-traumatic stress disorder (Howard Unruh), underlying psychiatric conditions (Jared Loughner), brain tumours or a history of traumatic head injury (Charles Whitman), or a history of being bullied in school (Columbine shooters). They're exclusively male and, so far as I can tell, almost exclusively white. I'd say that in most cases it's probably a combination of unfortunate factors that may include any of the above in addition to, possibly, an abusive home environment in childhood, but the precise combination of factors that results in someone who commits an act like this can't really be predicted.

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