Why Are Mass Shooters Always Male?
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Another mass shooting in the United States. This time, a 21-year-old male opened fire on 22 March at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, around 14:30 local time, killing ten people. This was the seventh mass shooting in seven days, and there had been four more before that since 1 January 2021. On 24 March, two days after Boulder, a man thwarted another apparent supermarket mass shooting in suburban Atlanta when he heard someone loading guns in a bathroom stall.
The details are different, but the story is the same. A man opens fire and kills a number of people. The response from public officials is always the same: our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. The response from local law enforcement is always the same: they are still searching for a motive. To understand mass shootings in the United States, we need to explain the one common factor rather than the individual idiosyncrasies. The primary question is: Why are the shooters almost always male?