Following the "social factors in violence" approach surely that means that we should attempt to make it socially unacceptable to criticise the rich for being rich or to argue that there is something wrong with wealth inequality or the like?
Wow, sounds to me like you don't like dealing with some familiar problem I mention could matter somehow... So you try to turn it into some policy you know very well I didn't prescribe.
Should we take their "Slender Man made me" argument as seriously as you seem to take the misogyny in Rodger's?
As I said in the beginning, sociologists (and many people who think social issues are a factor
in some important way) are not always looking for a singular explanation. I didn't say the guy had only one motive. I'm not looking for that sort of "just so" story about every facet of single events here.
But I do suspect that completely tossing out the idea that there is some serious race, gender, etc. problem surrounding these events and those may also increase the chance of them all happening generally
(or perhaps in certain kinds of places, and once in a while to certain people), is a bit blind.
I also did not say, for example, that Klebold and Harris were good followers of Marxism the philosophy or any particular class agenda. What I mean is more that, they would have less reason to event hope for the sort of "fame" that goes with vaguely "fomenting revolution" in a society that had fewer issues about say, class. Though I might wonder if they didn't read enough of Hitler to know, he was
talking to a nation that was economically battered and held down systemically (whatever you make of the rationale for that history). There may well be certain logical comparisons, within limits, in the environment.
Reduce the broader issues, and then we can see just how many people remain 'randomly crazy' how often. Otherwise, it's kind of hard to establish that political culture and social arrangements don't actually fuel the fire across the board
. And until then, might as well at least be open to any ways that might help understand parts of the beast.
It's a bit like, reduce the slut-shaming, pay women equally for real, and then we might know
better what happens if women actually had
equal opportunities. Until then we have a whole lot
of noise that goes with the system and is really part of what happens in SO many places. It's an environment where people are obviously likely to "blow up" at women -- whether rhetorically or physically, and in big ways or small.