But it doesn't always eventuate that way. Violence or the threat of it underlies much of what we call bullying today. We see violence in the forms of rape, gang shootings, and abuse of spouses and children. Violence in sports leads to a Marty McSorley. Violence in the military that isn't contained within standards of battlefield conduct escalates into a My Lai. And when a propensity for violence is combined with serious mental illness, we get a Sandy Hook.
There seems to be either a mass killing or a serial killer every two years or so. Between KKK killings in the South and Charles Whitman, this has been going on for as long as I remember. Those are two frightful sentences to write, but they're simply true. It's difficult to make sense of the nonsensical, and this is not my line of work. I don't know that it was any easier a topic for Stanley Kubrick.
Gun control will help, but it's not a sufficient answer. Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz didn't use assault rifles. Cross-matching the violent with those who have serious mental illness raises issues of human rights for both the ill and their potential victims, and it presumes an infrastructure that we're nowhere close to having -- we can't even help the large numbers of nonviolent mentally ill.
Where do we start?