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    elkhunter

    I'm very tired of all the ranting and raving about how this because of GUNS.  Certainly we could tighten up a bit on our gun laws, but fundamentally, it's about two things: stress and population density.  Animals (and humans are animals, deep down inside) react badly to excess population density, resource scarcity, resource (food) uncertainty, and fear.  Young males tend to be the ones that snap first.  They're the canaries in the coal mine indicating that stressors on our entire society have reached a critical point.  But we see them breaking all around us, and we don't get the message.  Stress kills.  Usually just the stressed individual, but there are also chain reactions.

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