While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.
This will not be the last time that some deranged lunatic will unload his or her weapons into innocent bystanders. Men, women and children will continue to die at the hands of people who will not be motivated by faith. Perhaps it is the right time to label all such episodes as terror attacks.
Simply totally erasing the names of mass killers from the coverage, as some news outlets do, though, is only the starting point. The speculation and conjecture about the killer's motives makes it almost appear as though there is a rational or justification for why the killer did what he did.
Yes, we need strict gun control laws, a deeper understanding of the role of media and better mental illness treatment. However, what we really need, central to all of those dimensions, is a public conversation about hegemonic masculinity in the United States.
"You just hope they have specific information that is less devastating," one former White House official put it. Once enough
While waiting for the next mass shooting...
We've had wars on drugs, on poverty, on cancer. We've had so many such wars that even our metaphors are now locked and loaded. Meanwhile, the guys with guns continue to wage their very real wars at home and abroad. Before we retire "war as metaphor," however, we should wage one last conflict: a war on guns.
Since the survey began in 2005, four countries have consistently topped the ranking: Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq
So let's do something. I don't know what the answer is and I know the solution is complex and will require great minds, patience
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
In the deadliest shooting to ever happen on an American military base, an Army Major serving as a psychiatrist went on a