David Sirota: Time to Profile White Men?

The majority of mass shooters are white men. David Sirota asks if it is time we start to profile them.

Via Salon:

Let’s review: Any honest observer should be able to admit that if the gunmen in these mass shootings mostly had, say, Muslim names or were mostly, say, African-American men, the country right now wouldn’t be confused about the causes of the violence, and wouldn’t be asking broad questions. There would probably be few queries or calls for reflection, and mostly definitive declarations blaming the bloodshed squarely on Islamic fundamentalism or black nationalism, respectively. Additionally, we would almost certainly hear demands that the government intensify the extant profiling systems already aimed at those groups.

Yet, because the the perpetrators in question in these shootings are white men and not ethnic or religious minorities, nobody is talking about demographic profiling them as a group. The discussion, instead, revolves around everything from gun control, to mental health services, to violence in entertainment — everything, that is, except trying to understanding why the composite of these killers is so similar across so many different massacres. This, even though there are plenty of reasons for that topic to be at least a part of the conversation.

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11 Comments on "David Sirota: Time to Profile White Men?"

  1. Rex Vestri | Dec 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

    No, not white men.

    But white men that look like *that*, yes.

    You can tell that something isn’t quite right with the guy just by looking at him. Just look at those eyes.

    • DeepCough | Dec 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

      Lanza does look an awful lot like he was locked in a basement for a protracted period without adequate food or water, which would explain the sudden rampage. Of course, here’s another ominous image of him as a kid (look at the red in his eyes)…….

    • classic “Medication Eyes.”

      • He shares features that profilers label as having a possibility of violence. Eyes close together, ears that stick out, visible jaw line..

        • Interesting. I’m not a professional profiler myself; but in my personal amateur experience, looking as if amphetamines are about to start leaking out of your ears is a pretty solid indicator of increased likelihood for psychotic behavior.

        • Calypso_1 | Dec 28, 2012 at 11:08 am |

          Perhaps he also had pronounced bilateral cranial protrusions of the asterion.

      • Calypso_1 | Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 am |

        I’ve seen A LOT of eyes on meds – before and after. I’m pretty accurate at determining what psych med someone is on by changes in eye movement.
        That look….can’t be 100% sure with just a photo, but I don’t think that’s meds. Perhaps there have been experiences on meds that have led to it. If I saw that look on somebody it would be as big of a red flag as a tumor.

  2. Ted Heistman | Dec 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    He just looks like a nerdy white kid. Mass shootings are just a weird sociological phenomenon. It brings all the control freaks out of the woodwork. Common solutions are stricter gun control laws and or subjecting all non-conformists to batteries of psychological testing probably followed by mind altering drug regimens.

    Meanwhile people driving cars continue to butcher eveything in their paths, human and animal alike, while polluting the atmosphere, acidifying the oceans and filling our seafood with mercury.

  3. Hadrian999 | Dec 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

    that won’t play into the plans of the fascists at all.

  4. The real issues with mass murderers is that all of them are both sad and depressed enough to be willing to die and also angry or paranoid enough that they are blaming other people for their suffering and misfortune.

    Dr. Park Dietz


    I would think pointing the finger at any group of people has the potential of creating sadness, depression, anger, and paranoia. Besides the Beltway snipers were black.

  5. TennesseeCyberian | Dec 29, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    Profile white males for mass shootings. Profile black males for rape. Profile Native American males for alcoholism. Profile Asian males for math problems solved correctly.
    Seems reasonable enough to me.

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