By Dr David Laing Dawson
Mr. Trump, this is on you.
Every country in the world has a few young men capable of committing a mass murder. They are angry; they blame others for their failures; they nurse grudges; they are easily caught up in conspiracies; they rebel against any authority; they lap up the hatred of others; they spend much of their time lamenting about the state of the world while drinking beer or snorting cocaine late into the night; they are unsuccessful with women. They deeply fear the world of adult responsibility. They play first person shooter video games. They like guns. They harbor racist grievances. Some are “loners” as the newspaper will call them, but this usually means a mental disorder that limits their ability to engage face to face with others, and allows them to build a delusional world view from other sources. Of course the impersonal sources from which they can build that distorted world view, and their place in it, has dramatically increased in the last 20 years.
But usually these young men hurt few but themselves and their families. They don’t (usually) act upon their darkest fantasies.
Unless they are given license to do so by someone with a loud voice. That would be you Mr. Trump. Your careless words, your disdain can unleash such horrors no matter that it was not your intention.
When I write my blogs about American politics my daughter reminds me I am Canadian. But we breathe the same air; your messages are clearly heard north of the 49th parallel. It is a sad thing the first young man who took your words and actions as license to kill was a Canadian. I trust our response to this will continue to be very Canadian.
But beware, Mr. Trump, you and Mr. Bannon have the capacity to unleash the contemporary equivalent of Krystallnacht.