Do Mass Murderers Just Need to Get Laid?

WTF? But There Might Be Something To This

Sh!t You Should Know | Melanie Martinez | October 27, 2015

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Commentator Bill Maher surprised his viewers with a controversial theory that links sexual frustration to killing sprees in the United States.

Different explanations arise when addressing the cause behind mass shootings – things like mental illness, violent video games, and of course, guns. But Maher pointed out a pattern among various cases such as the ones at Virginia Tech, UC Santa Barbara, Sandy Hook, and the most recent at an Oregon college. The murderer responsible for the Oregon deaths wrote a manifesto in which he said he would die “girlfriendless and a virgin.” The others wrote in the same vein, with the Sandy Hook killer declaring women are “inherently selfish,” for example. And no one could forget the haunting remarks made by the UC Santa Barbara killer, Elliot Roger, which included, “All I ever wanted was to fit in and live a happy life amongst humanity, but I was cast out and rejected, forced to endure an existence of loneliness and insignificance, all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me.”

Even though not every mass shooter has left behind a manifesto detailing his lack of female companionship as a reason for his actions, the fact remains that most of these violent men had no girlfriends or wives.

Maher attributes this sexual frustration and consequent hatred to an American society where it “looks like everyone is getting laid all the time.” He blames our hyper-sexualized media as a part of the problem, with hot selfies plastered all over Instagram, sitcoms rampant with subliminally sexual lines, and advertisements saturated with erotic images. Media rife with sexual imagery can make male adolescents with non-existent sex lives feel somewhat left out and thus frustrated and hostile. Maher mentions that though the use of Prozac is a commonality people find behind these killings, both feelings and ahem, balls, are feeling blue – and contributing to the shared theme of the frustrated loser grabbing a gun and enacting a “revenge-for-rejection rampage,” as a related article in the New York Post points out. Maher implores viewers to “wake up and smell the testosterone,” and see that “unrealized adolescent sexuality” is something that could be very dangerous, and should be part of the national discussion on murder sprees.

Still, overly-sexualized media exists in countries all over the world, yet gun crime rates in the United States remain significantly higher in comparison. Factors like the proliferation of firearms and differences in gun control laws here and abroad provide perhaps the biggest reason why the American gun crime rate eclipses those in every other developed country. Unfulfilled romantic expectations partially caused by a media that’s constantly shoving sex down people’s throats aren’t the only reason young men are grabbing guns and going out and shooting people, but it could definitely be a part of the problem.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Fairchild