- they believe they are absolutely, positively, morally righteous / justified in their actions and their violent feelings of hate
- they are consumed with anger and hate - it dominates at least some aspects of their life (family gatherings, activities outside of work, conversations with friends, what they watch on TV, etc.)
- they believe they must commit this act of violence, that it is essential
- they love guns - they have experience shooting a variety of guns, and they greatly enjoy shooting guns
What frightens me is that I regularly see people, the vast majority of them men, with this profile on social media in the USA. There are many thousands of men in the USA - mostly Christian, but also Muslim, Atheist, probably Jewish as well - that fit this profile. Many thousands. Many of the men that fit this profile - including mass shooters - also hate women in particular, blaming, women for the problems of the world - or, at least, the problems that they, the haters, are having (unemployment, lack of money, lack of a social life, and lack of sex).
I'm not the only one that sees these patterns.
I'm an atheist, but I never assume someone is bad, or stupid, or both, just because they are a member of a religion. And I never assume someone is good just because they are an atheist. But there is a profile I do fear.
Since this profile transcends religion, since religion seems just an excuse for men's murderous impulses, how in the world do we address this?
I don't know...