Looks as tho’ I’m a few (not that many) years older than you and we used to have a shotgun (12 bore) standing in the corner of the kitchen. A few Cartridges kept in the kitchen drawer. We were semi-rural and had pheasants and Rabbits coming into the garden. Either “Cowboys” or “War GAmes” were favourite pastimes. I had a high power air rifle for my 8th birthday and wore a large sheath knife when I wanted to.
We got into loads of fights and ended up with black eyes and bruising more than once, but nobody ever took a knife into a fight, much less a gun, which most of us could have accessed if we wanted.
Our dads went to work and paid taxes, our mums mainly stayed at home and ran the house and kids. I did not know of a single kid being brought up by one parent nor of anyone who was divorced. Boys learned from their dads how to behave, mend cars, dig gardens, shoot and fish or play football and make stuff. Girls learned from their mums How to be “girls”.
Now I only know one couple who are still “married for the first time” and one of my daughters is engaged to a lad whose parents are still the ones he was born with.
many many boys have never had a male “Role model”
Men across the world commit suicide far more often than women. A good friend of mine said to me "If anyone ever gets me to the stage where I am thinking of committing suicide - I’ll kill THEM - not myself - You’ve got half a chance of getting away with it and prison can’t be any worse than “being dead”.
I never cease to be amazed how many people just quietly kill themselves and stop being a “burden” to authorities and others, when inside they must be really hating the way society is treating them.
I don’t know WHY the guy who was the subject of this thread did what he did - and by the same token I have no idea WHY the guy who shot that woman MP in UK did it. Same as - once he got picked up - his background information - just got “Censored” somehow.
There is however a distinct and increasing amount of evidence that a LOT of people are getting really disgruntled about the way that authorities and social pressure groups are interfering with their ways of life. Nigel Farage’s UKIP and the election of the Recent President, which the same “Authorities” and “social pressure groups” find so abhorrent, are signals - and as traders we know signals can sometimes portend significant moves.
As @Dennis3450 has said “A gun is a tool - it can be used for many purposes. That not mean the tool is to blame somehow.”