OrthodoxyToday.org
Commentary on social and moral issues of the day


Colorado Killers: Narcissists with Guns?

Barbara Lerner

  • Print this page
  • Email this page
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Bookmark and Share

"The questions won't go away. The Colorado shooting spree -- the eighth in two years -- forces us to face them again. Why all these wanton killings by school boys, this senseless spiral of schoolhouse slaughter? What can we do?"

In the '90s, most parents look to psychology for answers, but psychology doesn't have one set; it has two -- pre-'60s answers and post-'60s answers -- and they conflict.

.

Every sensate American knows the post-'60s answers. Turn on the tube and you hear them from all the talking heads. Not just establishment experts, but mainstream teachers, preachers, politicians and journalists, too. All subscribe to the conventional wisdom of the '90s: All kids who kill are in great distress; they've been neglected, rejected and abused; their self-esteem is low; they are crying out for help. They need more love and understanding, more communication and parental attention, more early intervention, professional counseling and anger management training. And the reason we have more of these kids today is because we have more absent parents, more media violance, more guns.

Will the Colorado killers fit this profile? Were they the abused offspring of harsh, uncaring parents and a cold, indifferent community, with nowhere to turn for help?

So far it doesn't look like it.

Read the complete article at the National Review Online website.



Copyright 2001-2014 OrthodoxyToday.org. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this article is subject to the policy of the individual copyright holder. Follow copyright link for details.
Copyright 2001-2014 OrthodoxyToday.org. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this article is subject to the policy of the individual copyright holder. See OrthodoxyToday.org for details.


Article link: