Multiple victim shooting in the US PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 November 2017 14:05

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

If you open the Mother Jones website you can see a table summarizing the mass shooting incidents in the US all the way back to 1982. The latest incident  took place in a church in Texas on Sunday, November 5. No, I wasn’t being bloodthirsty when I went into the website. I was just disturbed that something like the latest violent incident seems to be happening more often in our world. Or is it just in the US?

Monday morning November 6 I watched  CNN while I was having breakfast and it was most distressing to learn about  what happened in Sutherland Springs in Texas. The news was so fresh the news anchor could  only give the description of the shooter as a “white male”. In the next few days more details were given about the incident.

It was reported that the shooter had a quarrel with his mother-in-law and this was the triggering incident. It was also said that he had a previous incident of violence which caused his dishonorable discharge from the US Air Force but this was not passed on to a government body which monitors who may be allowed to buy guns. This omission made it possible for the assailant to purchase an assault type weapon which was used in the church attack.

The saddest part of the incident was that 8 members of an extended family were killed and this included a pregnant woman and her 3 kids. I cannot fathom how sad and disturbing this must have been to the family and their friends.

Discussion in the  Internet  soon focused on the importance of mental health which is a field for psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors. And parents too, of course.

In the Philippines most of us live in households  that usually include 3 generations – grandparents, parents and children. And we might even add a sprinkling of uncles and aunts and cousins. This arrangement makes many households live on tight budgets but it also makes for emotional support  when a member of the  family is feeling out of sorts.

 

This is not so in most western or  western-oriented families. Usually the household may simply be the nuclear family or  a household may constitute simply one person. A member of the household who is hurting or perhaps acting in an abnormal way may not be noticed. And even worse, if the person needs some psychological support there may be no one who can give it. Sometimes “unloading” is all that is needed but there is no one to unload to. And the “emotional bomb” simply explodes and violence towards others  can be  the result. The Las Vegas massacre and this latest Texas incident can then happen.