I hate that this one was so obvious, that these shootings are about normative masculinity on a rampage. The one in Germany was a young man who specifically targeted girls and women Germany school shooting: Gunman 'targeted girls' - Telegraph I nearly dropped my coffee mug this am when I heard some bloke on the BBC "World" saying "there's no explanation" for such violence since he was a middle-class German kid from a "good home" (meaning middle class- which I suppose means that middle class homes are pathology free?) How about we guess the reason for this and all such "rampages" is an insecure masculinity? As any gender theorist will tell you, masculinity is fragile. This might be especially true for white, middle class masculinity since it can be so easily undermined by sexual others (any taint of "homo" or "gay" must be avoided at all costs) and racial others (think of the way white teenaged boys fetishize Black masculinity in rap). In this case, perhaps a failure of heterosexuality (attractiveness to women? sexual "prowess"?) led to an explosion of agression. In other cases, it might be other forms of "failure" as a "real man." Do you think the news could stop interviewing the psychologists and start asking the sociologists? I don't really care that this man was "lonely" or a "loser." When there are patterns of violence by middle-class white and straight men, why do we refuse to see them? Why do we insist it is without explanation?