Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

I knew that violence was going to escalate, but I never thought the carnage would come so fast and furiously (story follows).  Almost daily, the news is reporting killing sprees.  I’m wondering why some people resort to this type of violence while others suffer with very little aggression when pitted with the same situation.  A part of me believes that it’s because of the economy mixed with unstable people, but in these cases, maybe it’s a testosterone imbalance.  You may be laughing at my take on this, but it’s a fact that domestic violence has been rampant for a very long time, not just since the tanking of the economy.  Some guys can’t differentiate between violent rage and rational behavior in dealing with certain situations.  Some guys can’t cope with any type of loss, whether it’s a loss of a job or a loss of a relationship.  They can’t take no for an answer, and some take it very personally when their wife or girlfriend leaves them–like they’re on some sort of power trip.  I haven’t yet heard a story of any gay couple having a violent breakup as we see with heterosexuals.  Could it be that testosterone levels are a lot higher in these killers?  Some experts believe that a low testosterone level may bring on aggressive behavior in guys, but I don’t believe that for a minute.  When guys take anabolic steroids, a lot of them develop "roid rage" so this debunks those so-called experts’ opinion on their low testosterone theory.  I wonder if doctors are checking into this, and are checking the testosterone levels in violent criminals.  It may be a shot in the arm, so to speak, but I felt it was worth mentioning my theory.
I touched upon the escalating violence in a few previous posts…
Deadly Rampages Rack the Nation

APRIL 6, 2009


PITTSBURGH — A 22-year-man who shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers over the weekend had been stockpiling guns and ammunition, buying and selling the weapons online "because he believed that as a result of the economic collapse, the police were no longer able to protect society," according to a court report.

The gunman, Richard Andrew Poplawski, surrendered and was taken into custody after he was shot several times in the leg. Police said he will be charged with three counts of homicide, aggravated assault and other charges. "He had an AK-47, a .22 long rifle and also a pistol," said police Chief Nate Harper.

The shootings came during a particularly violent three days across the U.S., with shootings that left 14 dead in Binghamton, N.Y., and six dead in Washington state, where a father shot five of his children, ages 7 to 16, using a rifle, and later, himself. It also follows just two weeks after four police officers were fatally shot in Oakland, Calif., in the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. Last month, a North Carolina man shot and killed eight people before police shot him and ended the rampage, and a 28-year-old man killed 10 people, including his mother and four other relatives, across two rural Alabama counties before killing himself.

Associated Press

Police work into the night Saturday, left, at a trailer park near Graham, Wash., where five children were found dead in their home.

Jiverly Wong, the gunman in Friday’s rampage at a Binghamton, N.Y., immigrant education center, had a permit from California to carry weapons, a spokesman for the city of Binghamton said. It wasn’t clear whether the gunman had obtained a permit in New York state, which would have been required for him to lawfully carry weapons in Binghamton, said John Feinblatt, the criminal justice coordinator for the New York City mayor’s office.

The Pennsylvania shooting has marshaled gun-control proponents, who are calling for more legislation against assault guns such as the AK-47. Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates tougher gun laws at the state and federal level, said Pennsylvania is an easier state than many to obtain a gun, noting that people can buy guns at gun shows and from individuals and thus avoid a background check.

Mr. Hamm said many people in the gun lobby have been fanning fears that the Obama administration would take guns away. "They have a lot of people running out and buying guns in a panic buy. This is unnecessary," he said.

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Joanne Dubaniewicz reacts to television footage of a shooting Saturday in Pittsburgh that she witnessed from her home across the street.
National Rifle Association officials couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday. The group takes the position that citizens have a basic right to keep and bear arms, a right rooted in the Second Amendment of the Constitution that gun advocates don’t believe should be altered even in the case of shootings such as those that have occurred recently.

Police said Mr. Poplawski immediately fired upon officers who had been called to the ranch-style house in the quiet blue-collar neighborhood of Stanton Heights by his mother following an argument with her son. Pittsburgh police officers Eric Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo III died in the shooting. Mr. Kelly was a 14-year veteran. Mr. Mayhle and Mr. Sciullo both had been on the force for two years.

Mr. Kelly had just finished his late shift of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and was on his way home when he heard the domestic call. By the time he arrived, Messrs. Mayhle and Sciullo had been fatally shot in the head. Mr. Kelly was shot as he pulled up to the scene. He managed to call for more help before dying.

Police said Mr. Poplawski’s mother was home at the time and hiding in the basement and was apparently unharmed. Police said more than 100 bullets were fired in the standoff. The last police officer shot in the line of duty was in 1995, police said.

—Suzanne Sataline contributed to this article.


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