Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The News is So Depressing Lately

Usually ClinkShrink posts about shooters.  It's really not my area of expertise, but lately I've been struck by how many shootings there have been.  I'm wondering if this is a more common occurrence lately, if it's more publicized, or if I'm just paying more attention.

In the last few weeks, it feels like there is a constant flow of tragedies in the news:
There was the teenager who killed 3 students and wounded two others at a school in Ohio.
A Florida teacher killed the head of his ex-school after being fired .
A gunman walked into a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh and killed one person and wounded 6 others.
A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan killed 16 civilians in their homes, including young children.

I suppose the story of the teacher is different in that it was a murder-suicide where the shooter knew the victim and had a motive-- such tragedies do happen often and their news coverage is often limited to local news-- while the other shootings sound to have random, multiple victims, and no obvious motive.  I've actually never heard of a mass shooting in a psychiatric hospital. 

Any thoughts?  Maybe ClinkShrink has some insights.