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Why don't women go on shooting spree's?

Asked by talljasperman (16738 points ) December 11th, 2013

Men do it all the time. I was searching for a female equal, and all I can find is Lisa Nowak the astronaut who wore a diaper to got kill her romantic rival on the other side of the US. Why the imbalance?

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zenvelo's avatar

Because guns are a substitute for penises for men who feel sexually inadequate. Women don’t feel inadequate in that manner, so they don’t need to go wield their guns to show how womanly they are.

talljasperman's avatar

@zenvelo Is it that simple?

zenvelo's avatar

@talljasperman In my opinion. Haven’t heard a better explanation.

chyna's avatar

Aileen Wuornos: She killed 7 men.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Brenda Ann Spencer.
Jennifer San Marco.

Many woman mass murderers choose different means.

Priscilla Joyce Ford used a Lincoln Continental.
Khoua strangled her children.
Andrea Yates.
Patricia Johnson

jaytkay's avatar

I don’t know why it’s rare, but here’s an example.

Laurie Dann
Set off a firebomb in a school
Tried to enter another school with a can of gasoline
Shut a mother and two kids in the basement of their house and set the place alight
Drove to a third school and shot six kids
Broke into another families home and shot their 20-year old son
Killed herself

Somehow she only killed one kid.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Sprees. No apostrophe.

GoldieAV16's avatar

Almost always white men, too.

What is the reason for that?

WestRiverrat's avatar

John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo
Matthew Macon
Derrek Todd Lee
Coral Eugene Watts
Wayne Williams

When non white males kill, it isn’t newsworthy. The national press was all over the Atlanta killings until they caught Williams, then you had to hunt for the news outside Georgia.

Coloma's avatar

Nice cup of Oleander tea anyone? lol
Woman don’t usually resort to extreme violence, they can, and have, but, historically they prefer poisoning. I think it has to do with testosterone and rage in men. Men tend to act out and women tend to act in more often. Of course we can’t forget Lizzie Borden. :-o

livelaughlove21's avatar

Men and women both kill, but they typically use different methods. Men use physical violence and weapons while women use poison and sometimes knives (more personal than a gun). Their motives tend to differ as well. Men typically kill other men or unknown women and women kill their friends, kids, and significant others. There are fewer female killers out there, yes, but they certainly exist. What I’ve described are trends, but there are plenty of exceptions.

Oh, and Aileen Wuornos wasn’t a spree killer, she was a serial killer. Yes, there’s a difference.

rojo's avatar

Women are more grounded.

jonsblond's avatar

You can add young and privileged to @GoldieAV16‘s list.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@livelaughlove21 I don’t differentiate between spree and serial killers. They both commit multiple murders or attempted murders. Yes their modus operandi may be different, but the result is the same.

ucme's avatar

Because their shooting, as with their driving, would be all over the place…very erratic ~

livelaughlove21's avatar

@WestRiverrat Whether you differentiate between them or not, they’re two different crimes committed by two differen types of killers. There’s some overlap, but the FBI recognizes them as two different crimes. Do you also see no difference between serial killers and mass killers? Those are also two different crimes with the same result. All homicide has the same result – dead people – but they’re certainly not all the same.

That’s like saying, “I don’t differentiate between ants and roaches because they’re both insects.” Whether you recognize the difference or not, it exists.

ucme's avatar

Who was that girl who shot some school kids, claimed she didn’t like Mondays, like the song says.

rojo's avatar

Lousy aim?

elbanditoroso's avatar

I think women should, and I encourage it.

Women have not reached parity and full equality with men until they do all the same crimes that men do. Murder, rape, mass shootings, etc. If they aren’t doing the same crimes, then they have not really become full equivalents of men.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@livelaughlove21 from the families of the victims point of view does it really matter if you call them spree killers, mass killers or serial killers. They are killers and should permanently be removed from society. It matters only to the people charged with apprehending them IMO.

@ucme that was Brenda Spencer.

ucme's avatar

@WestRiverrat Cheers fella, never could remember her name.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@WestRiverrat The victims and their families are not the ones catching these people. In order to catch them and get them off the streets, it’s vital to know the differences.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@livelaughlove21 as I don’t have to catch them, it doesn’t make a difference to me.

Paradox25's avatar

Men are brought up to have the characteristics that are more likely to lead to just loosing it. Men are not supposed to fail, be weak or let out their emotions. I blame rigid gender social constructs for this, but I don’t buy the ‘white privilege’ BS. Maybe most men don’t go on shooting sprees dealing with these issues, but they still have the socially constructed mentality that would make them be more likely than women to loose it.

I also feel that the availability of the Internet and quick access to all types of info, along with the increased ability to showboat one’s self has also contributed to the increased frequencies of these attacks.

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