People are soo quick to criticize mainstream media outlets for playing videos that contained the manifesto's of school shooters , as if the shooter's manifesto wouldn't have leaked onto youtube if the mainstream media decided not to play it; probably would have been a viral video . I also noticed people outside the mainstream media in general seem to blame news corporations and not society at large for giving these shooters the proper airtime. Society wants to see people act violently for the same reason they wanted to see a rambo movie or the movie the Thing; Like sex, VIOLENCE SELLS! Society would rather see acts of violence , no matter how gruesome , rather than talk about the pertinent issues these individuals might have dealt with everyday that lead up to these tragic incidents like Columbine and the virginia tech shootings. Otherwise, we would not be talking why school shootings occur only when a school shooting is occuring. Another thing the media seems to love to do is draw away attention from the real issue at hand and use school shootings as an excuse to talk about hot-button issues like gun control or blame video games or the lyrics of certain musical artists for "inspiring" the person commit violence. The issue that people should be discussing is mental illness, not gun control, not violence, mental illness ; America has always had a high degree of violence compared to other nations, since its formation and there have not been a recoreded isolated incident where people have gone on mass school shooting sprees , even though American society was more violent in the period of the late 1800's than it is now ; Given the high degree of bloodshed that occurs during these shootings sprees, it is quick to demonized the shooter as a one-dimensional monster similar to the characteristics that Grendel exhibits in the epic story Beowulf ; In order to prevent these kinds of tragic events from occurring again, people need to properly identify the source of the problem; It might be easy for most of us to envisioned the shooter as a monster, but from their perspective, maybe he/she see the people around as inhumane monsters and therefore feels like the only human on the planet. Maybe their brain is wired that way. Maybe they is a megomanic. Maybe he was psychological abuse, just like a dog would react violentlyif he had been abuse by his owner to that degree. I have had such feelings about the human race before and still have those sorts of feelings about some generic features of the human race every once in a while, but I was/am able to put up a block away those feelings by focusing on other things that bring me pleasure and self-satisfaction. Some people are just not strong enough to build a blockade to block out such thoughts and so either take their life, or take their life and the lives of those people who they see as un-empathetic monsters, for what ever reason , maybe they are not strong enough or their mind is too weak to allow them to build such a blockade. I am not trying to make excuses for the school shooter, the school shootings should be blamed on the shooter, but I think we should put blame on society too. No one truly lives in a vacuum and Society affects how we behave to some degree. Overall, I contend that society doesn't acknowledge mental illness like other societal issues li, because I don't think we take the issue of mental illness seriously enough or people want the issue to be swept under the rug by suggesting that these people be locked away from society, as if the problem would go away; There should probably be major reforms in psychotherapy and better techniques that need to be better developed by specialists whose specialty is supposedly understanding mental illnesses. I think society needs to change their attitudes about mental illness just like society has changed its attitude about racism, sexism and homosexuality at some point in history . whats your opinion? Do you think the solution would be to people these people in hospitals like we used to do with mental patients up until the 1960's?