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97% of Mass Shooters Are Male. The Problem Is US Toxic-Masculinity and Guns.

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Working independently using a wide range of methods, researchers in psychology, sociology, anthropology and criminology have found that the perceived failure to accomplish a societal standard of masculinity is perhaps the most significant factor in men’s and boys’ decisions to wield deadly force using a firearm. This has been borne out with school shooters, mass shooters and murder-suicides. In this light, it is particularly noteworthy that a common Remington ad shows an AR-15 weapon with the caption “consider your man card REissued” (emphasis ours). The implication is that although you may have been feminized, you can restore your lost sense of masculinity by buying this weapon. In light of the research we just summarized, if Remington’s aim was to increase gun violence, the ad could not have been more precisely phrased.   

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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