Mass Shootings, Mass Psychology, And Self-Defense

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Authored by Brandon Smith via,

There is an unfortunate correlation between crises and catastrophes and mass psychology.

For those with a decent long-term memory, you may have noticed that the frequency of attacks and tragedies taking place today around the world is far above and beyond what occurred 10 years ago. So much so that many in the public have moved beyond the point of outrage and have now embraced complacency.

The mass shooting issue, for example, once inspired fevered debate over gun rights. Not so much anymore. While I am happy that the relentless attempts by leftists to exploit every shooting as a tool for their gun grabbing agenda have taken a backseat, I see a trend in another direction which is equally dangerous. That trend is a move towards acceptance that "these things happen," instead of a healthy discussion on real solutions (and no, more gun control is not one of them).

A decade ago the Vegas shooting would have inspired media and social discussion for at least a year. Now, the story disappears in two weeks and is replaced with 10 others. I will be surprised if the latest church shooting in Texas in which 26 people were killed stays on the news feeds for more than a few days.

Where does this complacency come from?

It is a complex problem, but one that I think relates to the state of decline within any particular society. In Carl Jung's The Undiscovered Self, Jung mentions a consistent element of latent sociopathy and psychopathy within most cultures. Perhaps 10% of people within a society are latent sociopaths and psychopaths, and around 1% or less represent full blown sociopaths/psychopaths. Most of the latent people will never become truly dangerous if they are living within a culture that is healthy and morally balanced. In fact, those with inherent sociopathic traits can become very high functioning human beings who are adept at careers that many other people avoid (surgeons and career soldiers are two examples).

However, in the event that there is cultural rot and a degradation of principles, environmental influences come into play and latent sociopaths/psychopaths have the potential to mutate into something far more dangerous. Jung examines this dynamic as an explanation for the sudden and accelerated decline of Germany in the 1920s and 1930s into totalitarianism and moral relativism. When the mentally disturbed 1% turns into 10% or more, entire nations can be dragged along into the abyss.

As a litmus test I find it valuable to look at popular culture when trying to determine if a society is on the brink of collapse into a singularity of moral relativism, because popular culture often reflects these elements more honestly than the supposed "experts" will. When examining Germany before its fall, I recommend studying the films of Fritz Lang; particularly his movie 'M' released in 1931, which depicts a serial killer with a penchant for children being put on trial by a group of underworld criminals, not because they abhor what he does on moral grounds, but because his activities are drawing too much unwanted attention from authorities on their own criminal enterprises. If the dark world of 'M' doesn't perfectly showcase the decline of Germany, I don't know what does.

Today, we are constantly surrounded by popular culture which leans towards the morally relative; stories in which the heroes must become monsters in order to defeat other supposedly worse monsters.

At another level, our popular culture tells us that it is only the fantastical, the super powered and the government contracted heroes that have the ability to affect change and disrupt disaster.  Underlying all of this seems to be a narrative of defeat; the notion that there is nothing the average person can do.  And, of course, we are also bombarded with stories in which gluttony and decadence are applauded while anyone that takes a more responsible path is portrayed as unhappy or joyless in the long run.

Translate this to the developing trend of mass shootings around the world and the public reaction to them. On one end of the spectrum, in the past it was the sociopathic left that saw mass death as an opportunity to enforce political control over gun rights advocates, with the goal of eventually achieving total disarmament. These people do not care about the dead, let alone logic, they only care about furthering their agenda.  They see government power as the answer to every problem.

If you were to hold up examples like the Paris or Mumbai attacks to gun grabbers and point out that disarmament only makes mass shootings EASIER for criminals and terrorists, they would not listen. Obviously, if any of the citizens including the off-duty police officers had been armed in Paris, the attack might have been stopped much sooner.

In the case of the church shooting near San Antonio, that attack WAS interrupted by an armed neighbor of the church who used his rifle to fend off Devin Kelley, forcing him to escape in his vehicle. Had that neighbor not been armed, the massacre might have gone on much longer. Had one of the people within the church been armed, the attack might have ended in seconds, as we saw in Denver in 2007.

Now, as I said earlier, there are sociopathic members of the political left that seek to take advantage of these scenarios, but these people have fallen by the wayside recently.

On the political right, sadly, I have seen another brand of sociopathy rising, with some arguing that all the people within the San Antonio church that were unarmed "deserved to die." This is just as dangerous a mentality as the exploitations of the left. If the liberty movement itself sets aside empathy and resorts to sensationalist or morally relative methods to drive forward a political agenda, then we are only hastening the fall of our culture, not protecting it. And, we become no better that the leftist disarmament thugs we abhor.

In between these two extremes sits a coagulated mass of people who simply don't care much as long as a particular disaster doesn't involve them. These are the folks who are uninterested in solutions and don't really want to hear anything about it. It is these people who tend to become wreckage floating on the tides of history; their lack of concern eventually comes back to haunt them in the future.

So, if these are the wrong ways to approach the mass shooting problem, then what are the right ways?

I think it is vital that Americans in particular maintain our care and concern for the victims of these events. The solution to mass shootings is clearly a responsibly armed populace.  According to all the stats on active shooters, defense by citizens is the only factor that seems to make much difference. But to convince more and more people of this requires a level of conscience and empathy that inspires confidence, and perhaps brotherhood. When people know that you give a damn and aren;t simply pursuing an agenda like the political left does, it is more likely that they will listen to what you have to say.

As I noted in my article How To Stop All Future Mass Shootings, the Vegas attack was organized by someone who was smart enough to avoid a point-blank engagement in a city and state in which concealed-carry firearms are more common. Point-blank attacks are by far the most common because they are generally attempted by people who have minimal training or because the attackers are relatively certain that their victims will be disarmed in the area they have chosen (gun free zones).

The Vegas attacker (or attackers) chose to use sniper-like tactics to prolong the massacre. However, what this shows is that an armed citizenry is a factor or barrier in how an attack is planned. With properly trained and armed security overwatching major events along with an armed population, there may never be another mass shooting again.

This is what Americans should be talking about, yet, there is no practical discussion on solving the problem. Is this a symptom of impending collapse within our society? Possibly. If there was ever an honorable task for the liberty movement today, it is to inspire solutions and to maintain moral balance. These shootings and other crisis events should not be forgotten within a week. They should at the very least be a learning process, a means by which we evolve our way of life and become more self reliant and by extension more safe.

If you are not a conceal- or open-carry proponent, then you should be. If you understand that the majority of shooting events that are stopped are stopped by average citizens that are armed, then it should only follow that you should become one of those armed citizens. In the meantime, it is not for us who are consistently armed to admonish disarmed victims as if they "deserve what they got." Their failure is our failure as well. For if we are not working diligently to convince others of the importance of citizen self defense, then we have contributed to the conditions that led to these massacres taking place.

There are methods of stemming the tide of social collapse. There are in fact solutions. They begin with each individual acting in small ways and big ways everyday. Complacency and zealotry are the enemy, as well as those that would encourage such mentalities.

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serotonindumptruck's picture

The social and political divide in the US is complete.

Arm yourself and prepare to engage the enemy, whomever they might be.

When someone is shooting at you or those around you, the time for discussion and calm reflection has ended.

Kill or be killed.

European American's picture

That's what "they" want you to believe.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Studies show the number of mass shootings has NOT changed in decades.  What has changed is the overwhelming reporting of these events and other news in today's electronic media.

Citxmech's picture

So, if complacency has finally set in, can I have my suppressor now?

squ33zeb1nd's picture

Only if you get Section 2 correctly worded as to not get bounced back in your trust.. . .then it still wait 8 months. Thank you Barry for 41F...

Manthong's picture


Well, the good thing about mass shootings, massacres and similar mayhem is that it focuses our attention …

..on the insane government we have allowed to happen.

fattail's picture

Now that the left fears there is an authoritarian/ "fascist" in the white house, we haven't heard near the rumblings about disarmament.  Some of the left actually went out and bought firearms because they too fear the government now.  

Thanks President Trump.

Common_Law's picture

I'm surprised they haven't targeted more people who carry. I mean they're all registered with the government and likely carry cell phones for location...

Ignatius's picture

Brandon routinely does this:  he takes for granted that these mass shooting/bombing/driving events and the like are organic.  Some likely are -- nutballs can sense a trend and know how to take a cue -- but most are just phony, and it doesn't become evident until one looks at the details where the narratives break down.

European American's picture

Be careful, Mossad has infiltrated this site, along with malleable, mushed, milliennial minds.


UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

All rise. All hail ZOG. ZOG is good. ZOG is love. OBEY!

Endgame Napoleon's picture

According to Harvard, mass shootings have tripled in 6 years—tripled.

The USA also has 5% of the global population and 25% of its prisoners. If fewer people were locked up, you think there would be less violence?

Working parents are not doing a good job conveying the most basic morality to their children.

Mass shootings are as evil as it gets. According to witnesses, the latest mass shooter in Texas shot people who were crying each time he shot them multiple times at close range.

This is evil.

The solution is providing more monthly welfare and child tax credits to make sure that both parents spend more time at work, or that they hold jobs while skipping out of work all the time in the many back-watching, mom-gang workplaces, rather than spending time doing the chores of raising their own kids and communicating concepts of fundamental morality.

squ33zeb1nd's picture

Good reason to avoid going to mass.

Kprime's picture

The USA also has 5% of the global population and 25% of its prisoners

If we can just increase that to 70% of the worlds prisoners all crime would disappear.  of course, that would have to include about 22 million federal employees, starting with congress.

ThanksChump's picture

Stop imprisoning, start exiling.


Take the death row and lifers 200 miles out to sea and release them.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Start EXECUTING subversives, parasites, and TRAITORS!

ThanksChump's picture

No, that's a subversive statement, suicide boy.


Judge not, all that happy horse shit.


Take them 200 miles out then set them free. 100% no repeat offenders.

Cloud9.5's picture

We are awash in laws.  In fact we have so many that it is difficult to get through the day without breaking one of them.  If you cannot be convicted of anything else, a misstatement to the police will send you to prison.  We have criminalized all kinds of behaviors.  Just recently we sent a masseuse to jail in my small town for giving a little extra to an undercover cop.  Meanwhile gals are giving it away just to increase the number of dependents they can claim under public assistance.  It is not uncommon to find a woman with three kids with three different fathers.  Who is the bigger whore, and who puts a bigger burden on society?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"laws?" The ONLY LAW is the Constitution! All else is deception and treason!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The entire country is the prisoner of ZOG.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Eyes wide open? The fog of your stupor is overwhelming!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The enemy is ANYONE who tries to disarm you, and ANYONE who points a gun at you!

VWAndy's picture

 Maybe we just got smarter?  It sure seems that way to me after LV for certain.

0valueleft's picture

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. You are one of the three.

spag's picture

i'm the meat factory owner, all the above make tasty meat pies

0valueleft's picture

Nah, you're an owned meat puppet and right when you think you have it figured, you're wrong.

Arnold's picture

Closer to being the grass.
Harvested down to the nub, and shit on by all.

Clashfan's picture

Most of these events are false flags and/or hoaxes, and the crisis actors are getting rich on gofundme.

Cloud9.5's picture

Even if they are not, they are used by the statist to build an even larger bureacracy and justify an even more intrusive government.

cbxer55's picture

Well, I live in a state that allows concealed and open carry. And the only time I don't have a 1911 in .45ACP on my hip is at work because it is not allowed. We have all these bnriefings on "Active Shooers", but what can one do about an active shooter when one is unarmed? Me, I'm hiding or running. Heck with being a hero without a weapon. 

But yes, these mass shooting events do seem to be increasing. Someone who just wants their "15 minutes"? Very sick way to get em. 

Lost in translation's picture

Oh boy, your State “allows carry,” my oh my.

Good thing you got the government’s permission before attempting to defend yourself.

Because that’s like, you know, so important. Laws must be obeyed.


Kprime's picture

all criminals, shooters, etc are obeying the laws so why shouldn't everyone else?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Idiots are not allowed to think for themselves.

Cabreado's picture

Too much aimless rambling, Mr. Smith.


"This is what Americans should be talking about"

With due respect, no, Americans should be talking about corrupt representation.

Not you or anyone else gets to skip by that part (and remain credible).

runningman18's picture

Everyone "talks" about corrupt representation, and no one does anything about it.  People with no ideas or understanding of the gravity of all this always say "we need to do something about representation".  Smith is right, time to arm up as many good people as possible. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Government of the People, By the People, and For the People. Hang the parasitic blood-suckers!

PT's picture

Too right, Cabreado.

Your land has been stolen from you and your children enslaved through debt.

(You don't have to be an indebted idiot to be enslaved by debt.  You only have be forced to compete with the debt slaves for real goods and services.  You either bid higher (when buying, or lower when selling) than the free-money junkies - in which case you are also a slave - or you do without, in which case you starve etc.)

Your land has been stolen from you and your children enslaved through debt.

... But lookit that over there!  Fireworks!

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

Oh crikey, you are so on the money there chap.

I've been askng everyone (particularly the young people) for a while now; "how come, the land was all doled out way before I was born so that there is none for me?  How is that right?"


UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Might is right. You are a conquered worm, squirming beneath the boots of mighty gods. Piss off, piss ant.

OutaTime43's picture

It's being caused by the rise of the internet and social media. We don't have conversations anymore and listen to each other. It's degrading our social structure anc causing people with existing mental illness to flip out. 

TheBigCluB's picture

I fully expect history to claim the worst thing that ever happened  to human beings was electronic age

moorewasthebestbond's picture

No shit these event disappear from the headlines in a matter of days... "infotainment" and "newsbytes" don't tend to hang around for months and don't generate vigorous debate.


Besides, half of these events are fake and the other half don't fit the official narrative.

TheBigCluB's picture


Just  blast them to smithereens

pparalegal's picture

When you have been raised on collateral damage Batman/ Fast & Furious every movie has shooter deaths, first person shooter/ Grand Theft Auto games and no married male parent in the house you are going to be complacent if not complicit in real life. Just look at what they have done to women, turning them from Snow White into all brands of barely clothed warrior princesses. Harvey Weinstein screen writers, social culture managers and politicians never go there, just to the porn channel and medicine cabinet. 

TheBigCluB's picture

kill them till they die from it