Social Breakdown – Violence in the US
Youth suicide rate up 56 percent from 2007 to 2016
By Kate Randall, 2 June 2018
The new statistics on deaths among US children and teens expose the social crisis confronting America’s youth in the form of gun violence, suicide, the opioid crisis, poverty and war.
By Norisa Diaz, 4 April 2018
While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, what is certain is that American society continues to produce mass shootings on an almost daily basis.
By Niles Niemuth, 24 February 2018
The president has argued that allowing teachers and school staff, particularly military veterans, to carry concealed weapons would deter potential school shooters and protect students.
By David Walsh, 4 October 2017
US politicians and the American media are displaying their usual obtuseness and ignorance in the face of this terrible tragedy, that has ruined hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2017
The worst mass shooting in American history has left 59 people dead and at least 527 wounded.
By Zaida Green, 2 December 2016
Police will continue to use water cannons, concussion grenades, lead-filled beanbags, and chemical agents against protesters.
By Tom Carter, 9 November 2016
The prosecution’s case suffered a major setback when it was revealed that the government had sent as many as nine informants into the extremist camp during the siege.
By Niles Williamson, 3 October 2015
The killing of nine students in Oregon on Thursday is the latest in a wave of mass shootings that reflects something deeply dysfunctional in American society.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 June 2015
Detroit authorities denounced residents for not providing information about “urban terrorists.”
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2015
The violence outside the Mohammad cartoon contest had been sought and was welcomed by its organizers.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2015
The Obama administration used Wednesday’s shooting to restate its support for the police in the face of ongoing demonstrations against police killings.
By John Marion, 9 February 2015
The recent spate of snowstorms in the Boston area have laid bare the effects of years of inadequate funding for public transportation in Boston.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2014
Officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD) shot and killed three people last week in ongoing displays of police violence in the city.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 September 2014
Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000.
By Jerry White, 26 September 2014
A just-released FBI study of so-called Active Shooter Incidents in 2000-13 reveals a staggering toll of 1,043 casualties, with 486 killed and 557 wounded, excluding the shooters.
By Alan Gilman, 26 August 2014
From 1999 to 2011, police killed more than 5,000 people in the United States, a majority of them white.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 August 2014
News that Compton school police will be armed with AR-15 assault rifles has angered many in the impoverished area, where schools are starved for funds, unemployment is high, and the social infrastructure is crumbling.
By Eric London, 18 July 2014
Two men suspected of bank robbery and a female hostage were killed and three others wounded by police who fired on the escape vehicle.
By James Brewer, 20 June 2014
Since the Newton, Connecticut shootings in December of 2012, 74 school shootings have taken place in the US.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2014
The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.
By E.P. Bannon, 4 March 2014
Luis Rodriguez was pepper sprayed, held down on the pavement and placed in two sets of handcuffs.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 November 2013
The killing of McBride, who was shot on the doorsteps of a suburban home, is being seized on by sections of the political establishment to promote racial politics.
By Gabriel Black, 7 November 2013
The shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is being used to argue for further expansion of the power of the Transportation Security Administration.
By David Levine, 30 October 2013
The killing of a 13-year-old boy has sparked a public outcry and become the focus of broader grievances over police brutality.
By David Walsh, 21 September 2013
In one of the latest mass shootings in the US, at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, civilian contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 people and wounded several others before being fatally shot by police.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 September 2013
A dozen people were killed and at least 14 others injured when a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 September 2013
In the latest incident of indiscriminant shooting by New York City police, bullets struck two bystanders during an attempt to subdue an unarmed, mentally unstable man.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 December 2012
While working to obscure the social roots of the mass killing in Connecticut, the Obama administration is seizing on the tragedy to press for expanded police powers under the banner of “gun control.”
By Joseph Kishore, 18 December 2012
No serious analysis can be found in the American media or within the political establishment of the social and political environment that gives rise to mass killings in the US.
By The Editorial Board, 17 December 2012
Beyond the individual motivations of the killer, the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut lays bare a brutality that pervades American society.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 July 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seizing on recent reports of increased criminal violence to intensify a police state measures directed against the entire population.
By Shane Feratu, 13 March 2012
Stephon Watts, 15, was shot and killed in his home on February 1 by Calumet City Police officers.
By David Walsh, 23 February 2010
The suicide of software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack, who flew his small airplane into the seven-story building in Austin, Texas that houses the local offices of the Internal Revenue Service, was both shocking and tragic.
By Jerry White, 20 February 2010
On Thursday, 53-year-old software engineer Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his private airplane into a seven-story Austin, Texas building that houses the local offices of the Internal Revenue Service.
By Sandy English, 18 December 2009
The fatal December 10 police shooting of street peddler Raymond Martinez in Times Square, the hub of the New York City’s tourist industry, has highlighted the acute social tensions gripping America’s largest city.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2009
The figures are an indicator of the immense psychological harm that the neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have done to members of the armed forces.
12 November 2009
A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.
By David Walsh, 7 November 2009
The mayhem at Fort Hood in Texas, which has left 13 individuals dead and 30 injured, is a byproduct of the brutal wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is a form of “collateral damage.”
By Josué Olmos, 6 October 2009
Arizona police killed Kurt Aho last week in a shootout sparked by the foreclosure of his home.
Budget crisis to make inhumane conditions worse
By Niall Green, 13 August 2009
On Saturday night, August 8, hundreds of inmates of the medium-security Chino Institute for Men in southern California took part in a riot that wrecked part of the prison. Gross overcrowding in the state's prisons was a major contributing factor to the violence.
Ten years since the mass killings in Colorado
By David North, 20 April 2009
Ten years ago today two students at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, near Denver, killed 12 fellow students and one teacher, and wounded 23 others, before committing suicide. We are reposting the WSWS comment at the time on the tragedy.
By Kate Randall, 8 October 2008
According to a new study by the American Psychological Association (APA), close to half of those surveyed say they are increasingly stressed about their ability to provide for their basic needs and those of their family.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 September 2008
On Tuesday, September 23, at approximately 11a.m., Finland was hit by the second mass shooting episode in less than 12 months, this time at a college in the town of Kauhajoki.
By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2000
The bloody events of the past several weeks in a working class neighborhood on the east side of Baltimore raise important social issues. After an initial murderous rampage in which Joseph Palczynski kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and killed four people, the 31-year-old former mental patient took his girlfriend's mother and two other people hostage and held off Baltimore police for 97 hours, until police stormed the row house and killed him in a barrage of machinegun fire.
By Kate Randall, 16 March 2000
The latest in the seemingly unending rash of shootings in the US took place last weekend.
By Kate Randall, 4 March 2000
The two shooting episodes which took place in the US this past week, though quite different in their details, point at the same time to certain general conclusions that can be drawn from the ongoing eruption of violence in American society.
By Jerry White, 4 November 1999
An unidentified gunman dressed in camouflage killed two people and severely injured two others at a shipyard office near downtown Seattle Wednesday, in the second shooting at a US workplace in two days. Police using search dogs, helicopters and boats fanned out across a broad area in the industrial and residential area just north of downtown looking for the gunman, who escaped on foot.
By Martin McLaughlin, 22 September 1999
The gunman who murdered seven people at a Fort Worth church September 15 had ties to extreme-right-wing groups in Texas, according to reports first published in the Houston Chronicle. Larry Ashbrook, 47, killed four teenagers and three adults before taking his own life.
By Kate Randall, 17 September 1999
Just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening Larry Ashbrook walked into the Wedgwood Baptist Church in a middle-class neighborhood on the southwestern edge of Fort Worth, Texas and began shooting. He unloaded three magazines of bullets from a nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun before turning the weapon on himself.
By David Walsh, 19 August 1999
The ceremony marking the reopening of Columbine High School in Littteton, Colorado, the scene of a horrifying mass shooting and double suicide April 20, was a travesty. Revealed in the event was the inability and unwillingness of any element within official American society to confront the sources of the violence that has erupted in schools and elsewhere.
By Barry Grey, 12 August 1999
The latest shooting rampage in the US occurred Tuesday when a man walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Granada Hills and fired seventy rounds at staff members and children attending a day camp. Five were wounded, including one five-year-old who remains in critical condition.
By Barry Grey, 31 July 1999
The US has witnessed yet another shooting rampage, this time in the exclusive environs of the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia. By now the basic facts are well known: Mark Barton, a 44-year-old chemist-turned-stock market day-trader, killed his young wife and two children (from a former marriage) last Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday went on a shooting spree at two brokerage firms.
Social breakdown and the American police mentality
By David Walsh, 24 June 1999
A judge ordered two 14-year-old boys to stand trial as adults Tuesday in Port Huron, Michigan, 60 miles northeast of Detroit, on charges that could bring them automatic sentences of life in prison without parole. The teenagers are accused, along with two 13-year-olds, of plotting to murder fellow students at Holland Woods Middle School.
By Jerry White, 24 May 1999
This time the school was in suburban Atlanta; the assailant, a 15-year-old sophomore reportedly distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend. Thursday morning he calmly walked into Heritage High School and shot six of his classmates before putting a pistol in his mouth. A school official convinced the youth to put the gun down, and as he did, the boy cried, “Oh, my God. I'm so scared, I'm so scared.”
By Jerry White, 20 May 1999
Four students—ages 12 through 14—are being held in jail after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder at their middle school in Port Huron, Michigan, about 60 miles northeast of Detroit. The students were arrested May 12 and 13 after a 14-year-old classmate told police she overheard some of them talking about planning a school massacre similar to the one at Colorado's Columbine High School last month.
The Jonesboro murders
By David Walsh, 28 March 1998
The shooting death of four young girls and a teacher in Arkansas at the hands of two students, aged 11 and 13, was a horrible event. No account, particularly one written without a thorough knowledge of the lives and mental states of those responsible, can fully explain the tragedy, much less provide consolation for those immediately involved.