I drew this cartoon a few months after 9-11, when I discovered Muslims believed there would be 72 virgins waiting for them in the afterlife.
I remember thinking at that time that none of these suicide bombers would end up being good-looking, popular men. They would be the outcasts and rejects, the kind who were very unpopular with women. So why not go to meet all your virgins? You've got nothing here.
Sure enough, a few years ago, if not longer, I ran across a study that expressed just that belief - that suicide bombers are overwhelming losers who were utterly unpopular with women.
If works over there that way, so why not here?
All the mass shootings over here are done by young men who are hopeless with women. Indeed, hopeless in life.
The first one I am familiar with it Charles Guiteau, who killed President James Garfield. Guiteau had lived at a free love commune called Oneida and the women did want anything to do with him. That called him Charles Get Out.
As for the spate of recent shootings, all of them involved mentally-ill young men, on psychiatric medication, humiliated behind belief, who decided to get revenge and replace shame with pride by blowing away a bunch of people.
It's not just the mental illness and medication, although these days the medication appears to be a trigger for the violence. But Guiteau wasn't on medication (it didn't exist) and neither was George Sodini, who killed a bunch of women at a gym since women had been rejecting him all his life.
What all have in common is revenge and resentment. Of feeling humiliated and rejected.
Something I noticed decades ago is that some women seem to think they have the right to abuse men, but of course nothing of the sort is supposed to be done to them. There's not all that many of them, but enough to be very noticeable.
Is this an American thing? I don't know, but I have not seen that attitude among the foreign women I've met.
I'll say this: we are going to see more of these revenge shootings. It's as if there is something wrong with our culture that creates these crazed men.