I just read an article this morning online about a group teens in Oklahoma who randomly shot and killed an Australian collage student and claim they did it "for the fun of it". All I can think of is, what is wrong with these kids? 

"...Charged with first-degree murder are Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, according to the Stephens County District Attorney's office. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, who allegedly drove the vehicle carrying the other suspects, was charged with use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory to murder after the fact, the office said..."

"...Lane was out jogging during a visit to his girlfriend and her family in Duncan on Friday, when he was shot in the back, police said. He attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he was on a baseball scholarship.

What drives a person (even the most immature teenager) to think that killing someone is funny? Or that its acceptable to kill for fun? From a psychological viewpoint, what causes a persons train of thought to resort to killing for fun?

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Comment by Rocky john on August 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Nina- I doubt that violence in games,music and video have any real causal relationship to violence in society. The fact is that as violence in our media has become more common place, so too has violent crime  steadily fallen in nearly all westernized countries.

I personally think that there could maybe even be something that is overall beneficial in it. The fact is that life causes every single one of all sorts of pain and anger. And violent video's, music and games are a far healthier release of that tension than most of the alternatives. 

I tend to think that it is not the violence in our media that causes people to be violent, but the fact that we are narurally violent which causes us to enjoy violence in our media.

Comment by Unseen on August 23, 2013 at 6:32pm

NEWS FLASH TO ALL YOU DOOM & GLOOMERS (Nina, Archie, et al), with almost all of the supposed "causes" of violence getting worse, you'll be surprised to know that over the last 20 years American violence has been on the decline:

Gun-related homicides and crime are "strikingly" down from 20 years ago, despite the American public's belief that firearm crime is on the upswing, a new study said Wednesday.

Looking back 50 years, a Pew Research Center study found U.S. gun homicides rose in the 1960s, gained in the 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and the early 1990s, and then plunged and leveled out the past 20 years.

"Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago," the researchers say.

A Pew survey of Americans in March found 56% believed gun-related crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% said it's lower. The survey said 26% believed it stayed the same and 6% didn't know. (source)

Comment by Unseen on August 23, 2013 at 6:43pm

@Ed - Nina is one of those ethical dualists who can't imagine doing anything like that herself, but those other people, the inferior ones with weaker minds, their feeble minds are subject to corrosion.

Comment by _Robert_ on August 23, 2013 at 7:05pm
The issue is the nature of the shootings. I recall a lot of drug related or gang violence. Just seems more senseless now. More random, and scary. The media probably shapes my perception as well. They really play up these events.
Comment by Unseen on August 23, 2013 at 8:12pm

It is now being said (alleged) that the shootings were a gang initiation.

Comment by Unseen on August 23, 2013 at 8:28pm

What has changed over the last few decades has less to do with violence and much more to do with media. Marshall McCluhan's global village means that Nina and her ilk have been seeing more and more of America's dirty laundry as time goes by, perhaps leaving the false impression that things are getting worse when, actually, they are getting better.

For us Americans, with CNN, FOX, and the major networks' news departments beating every major crime to death, it can seem the same to us.

The Netherlands and the rest of Europe have plenty of their own issues, many of them related to their immigration policies and pie-in-the-sky ideas about tolerance between diverse cultures. Maybe not guns, but racism and sexism and the chance that a few of their nations will be Islamic in a few generations should be at the top off their menu of problems.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on August 23, 2013 at 11:33pm

This reminds me of that snuff video, "Hammer," in which those teenage boys in some part of Eastern Europe or Russia bludgeoned some poor passerby to death with a hammer. I was lucky enough to google the video instead of haplessly clicking on it and watching it. If I remember correctly, their motive was pleasure/enjoyment/fun...which is why they kept their recording. I lost a little part of my metaphorical soul when I learned about those boys.

The more I learn about humanity, the less these things shock me.

Comment by H3xx on August 24, 2013 at 2:46am

@Ed

If you're saying there is a direct correlation to being raised by a gun toting republican and, as a result, having a propensity for committing murder by firearm I would have to call that utter bullshit. I was raised conservatively and have had access to firearms my entire lifetime and never once had a real urge to "pop a cap" into a stranger's head. Registered gun owning tax paying citizens continue to statistically have a very respectable tract record when it comes to responsible gun ownership. These three perps should be tried as adults and sentenced accordingly. They'll make some homey on the inside a great bitch.

It isn't a direct correlation to being violent, but it is a direct correlation to being a gun toting republican as well. Children take after their parents more often than not.

The media bombards us with violence nearly every moment of every day, and that's fine. It doesn't bother most people. Most people are fine. We aren't talking about Most people, we're talking about those few who become unstable. Mental sickness is a very delicate situation. Anything can happen in the mind, even the simple thought, "It'd be kinda cool to kill someone. How about that Aussie Prick. I never liked him."

These are the kind of people who caused Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and Sandy Hooke. These people cracked, all for different reasons, but they cracked and turned to violence, all because they didn't get the help they needed. Sane people don't shoot people. Unstable people do. In Most states, there is no background check, or any kind of psychological test or screening, when it comes to purchasing guns, mainly because the NRA thinks that keeping guns out of the hands of psychotics is against the 2nd Amendment. An amendment that we wouldn't have or be able to feasibly keep without the First Amendment. If you can't speak out for yourself, then you're a crazed gunman.

Comment by SteveInCO on August 24, 2013 at 11:05am

Most states, there is no background check, or any kind of psychological test or screening, when it comes to purchasing guns, mainly because the NRA thinks that keeping guns out of the hands of psychotics is against the 2nd Amendment.

This is at least partially untrue.

If you purchase a firearm retail, you must, under federal law (Gun Control Act of 1968 if I am not mistaken, subsequently amended) certify in paper under penalty of perjury (the link is to the form you have to fill out) that you are not any of a variety of prohibited possessors (being adjudicated insane and having a felony conviction--even if it's a nonviolent felony for some victimless "crime" from decades ago--both make you prohibited.  It's illegal for these classes of people to own a firearm, under federal law).  You then have to have a background check done under federal law (the "Brady Act" passed in the mid 1990s).  Granted it's not as thorough as the sort of check you go through for a security clearance where they interview several people about you, but it is simply not true that there is no background check--at the retail level.  Your felony record will come into play.  Many states additionally require such a check done for private (used) gun sales as well, and/or at gun shows regardless of whether the seller is a federally licensed gun dealer.  Were it not for the fact that some states do not have this requirement, I'd not hesitate to call you completely full of shit on this, instead of just "partially untrue."

The NRA actually supported, and continues to support, this background check provided it is done speedily.  Their concern is that a woman being stalked by someone will need the gun quickly, and there have been cases where slower pre-Brady checks were being run when someone was killed.  But they also adamantly want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

You should perhaps pull your head out of your favorite progressive talking points lies website, do some of your own investigation and visit a gun store and express interest in buying a gun to see what is already required.

Comment by Unseen on August 24, 2013 at 11:41am

@Ed -   In Most states, there is no background check, or any kind of psychological test or screening, when it comes to purchasing guns, mainly because the NRA thinks that keeping guns out of the hands of psychotics is against the 2nd Amendment. 

I think a case can be made that rummaging through the mind of someone because they have expressed an interest in making a legal purchase violates the 4th Amendment protection against an unreasonable search.

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