Martyrs and Shooters

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Adam Lankford, criminal justice professor at The University of Alabama and the author of The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers, finds parallels in the psychology between suicide bombers and rampage shooters.


Adam Lankford

Comments [12]

Henry from MD

Anyone who blows up a bomb to kill others in a non-military setting is a terrorist. The belief in a return of a messianic figure sometimes preceded by world wide conflict - now nuclear? - (such as the Mahdi in Islam or Jesus in Christianity) takes the notion of 'suicide bombing' to a universal level.

Jan. 23 2013 12:12 PM
John A. from walking distance

Taher, where's your book? I'm buying.

Jan. 23 2013 11:59 AM

These parallels further proves the point that the NRA and the gun industry are actually TERRORISTS.

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

These gun kooks perpetuate the proliferation of guns which results in emotionally disturbed individuals having ready access to firearms - as Edward "The Idiot" from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights so astutely observes, below.

"Legal" guns end up in the hands of homicidal maniacs regardless of whether they should or not!!

The political ends of the NRA results in the rest of us having to suffer with the resulting TERROR that gun proliferation ultimately produces!!

Jan. 23 2013 11:46 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Sheldon from Brooklyn. Yes maybe we can use the Torah and the Bible to deter the criminals that operate the killer drones. You may be call to help with your great ideas.

Jan. 23 2013 11:44 AM
khadija from brooklyn

SO, Eminent Illuminati, what is your point, hey? Utter despair is on par w/crazies? Give me a break, retract, I'll give U a break, charlatan! Ugh!

Jan. 23 2013 11:41 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Agreed on suicidal desires and sense of impotence of the bomber. But, the rest of it-prevention? Your guest needs to spend some real time among the hopeless on this planet and the see the suicidal rage among the young.
Conflating America’s cultural experience with what goes on in other parts of the world and it’s degraded environment is simply myopic and ridiculous.
May be he can be guest speaker in Davos.

Jan. 23 2013 11:41 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

There must be something in the Koran that can be used to discourage suicide bombers (they will not go to heaven because their bodies will be fed to pigs etc.) It will be irrational to the "irrational" - to kill themselves, if they know that their "40 virgins" will not come to be.

Jan. 23 2013 11:41 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

"By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah's Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred."
—Collected by Muhammad al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Bukhari[6]

" The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the Earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."
—Collected by Muhammad al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Bukhari[7]

Jan. 23 2013 11:37 AM
Sarah from UWS

"Lanza didn't own guns. His mother did. He killed his mother and took her guns and went on to the school."

Edward you're wrong here. His mother taught him how to shoot and took him to the range. She trained the boy, like it or not she brought this on.

Jan. 23 2013 11:33 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Lanza didn't own guns. His mother did. He killed his mother and took her guns and went on to the school.

Jan. 23 2013 11:13 AM
Jenna from UES

Brian, in your intro you drew a distinction between "terrorists" and "American Rampage Shooters." The writer clearly understands why your language is offensive, you should have said "suicide bomber." What you might suggest that American Rampage Shooters are not terrorists and that suicide bombers are the only ones that are.

Jan. 23 2013 11:05 AM

the middle ground of the gun debate seems to be settling at a national system of red flagging those "deemed" too unstable to either purchase or possibly have access to guns.

any idea on the percentage of rampage shooters (and suicide bombers) who have actually been diagnosed, prior to their violence act, as too mentally risky for gun access?

Incidentally, do such stats exists for car usage (you know, those multi-ton hunks of speeding steel) as well, and if not, why not?

Jan. 23 2013 10:49 AM

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