Young mass shooters exhibit similar characteristics: Study

Americans were horrified by a pair of mass shootings in which young children and elderly shoppers were brutally murdered.

Yet, in a sickening move, many on the left would prefer to demonize their opponents rather than examine look at what mass killers have in common. 

Common traits

Daily Signal contributor Joshua Arnold did that in an article published last week, citing observations made by Lynne Marie Kohm.

Kohm serves as a professor of family law at Regent University School of Law, and Arnold noted that she has found several recurring themes among young men who become violent.

Among the prominent features Kohm pointed out, is a notable absence of strong family connections and religious values in their life.

This includes parents who are “just not involved in the child’s life” coupled with an aversion to changing that. “They’re almost afraid of their own child,” Arnold quotes Kohm as saying.

Closely tied to this is the fact that it seems many “don’t really know what’s right and what’s wrong,” with basic values either not being reinforced or never imparted to begin with.

What’s more, Kohm points to an “incredible lack of remorse” as evidenced by a pronounced lack of empathy or concern for others.

“Growing up in wrath”

New revelations about the Uvalde school shooter support that claim, with reports stating that he bragged about torturing animals, threatened girls with rape, and openly discussed killing people.

Another characteristic is that such individuals tend to spend “A whole lot of time alone,” something which “leaves all kinds of time to do things that increase this radicalization toward violence.”

Then there is the experience of some kind of stress, often in the form of bullying. Rather than receive direction from parents on how to respond, they lash out on their own.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins agrees with Kohm’s assessment, adding that fathers are particularly important for young men. Arnold quoted him as saying, “Our children are growing up in wrath because the fathers are not engaged with them.”

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