9. We Really Just Need To Have More Empathy
In a recent article, Rob Myers explained that something we can do to prevent mass killings is just have some decency to talk to people and find out if they’re okay.
Notice those around you who seem isolated, and engage them.
“If every one of us did this we’d have a culture that was deeply committed to insuring no one was left lonely. And make no mistake, as I’ve written before loneliness is what causes these shooters to lash out. People with solid connections to other people don’t indiscriminately fire guns at strangers.
I know what you’re thinking. That’s never going to work because no one is going to make the effort to connect with the strange kid sitting by himself at lunch each day. No one is going to reach out to the gawky, awkward guy at work and ask him about his weekend.
You’re probably right and that’s an absolute shame.”