What Causes Mass Shooters Like Dylann Roof To Commit Atrocities? [PODCAST]

June 19, 2015

Racism, Guns, Drugs & Psychopaths

Charleston, SC - Dylann Roof is in custody after having been located by police in North Carolina. The nation mourns the death of 9 people, who were killed when Roof opened fire on the congregation at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Today's episode of the Freedom Report podcast takes a look at the potential motivations of Roof, including his ideology, family history, past behavior, and drug use. Roof was apprehended while one Suboxone, which is a pain medication given to people addicted to heroin. The drug has been linked to outbursts of aggression. He was also found to be carrying, LSD, meth, and cocaine. Were these powerful drugs the cause of the crimes, or just the stimulant needed for an already troubled brain on the edge?

We also look at Roof's racist history, and his association with the ideals of white, southern nationalists. Roof's proud bearing of the flag of the Confederacy casts a grim shadow on the white racists of the deep south. Today's show looks at the problems of white racism, and asks whether the rise of neoconfederate sympathizers is stirring up hostility against blacks in America. 

And what about the gun question? President Obama immediately blamed the shooting on the ease of access of guns in America, saying that they don't have these kinds of mass killings in other countries. But is that really the case? Today's episode fact checks Obama's claims, and discusses what the real issue is when it comes to gun crimes in America, and around the world.

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