Argument-based Homicide in America
Feeling alienated by fellow classmates, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO who referred to themselves as the Trench Coat Mafia went on a rampant killing spree which took the lives of themselves, twelve other students and one teacher (Obmascik 1). This incident caused an immediate plea for more socially responsible communities, assuming that greater moral values would curb the likelihood of these argument-related homicides. This relies on the notion
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provoked rather than random, but the mere fact they exist at all is distressing. It is upsetting to think that certain cultures condone the beliefs that can lead to such atrocities. Homicide is simply unacceptable, no matter where one is from.
Cohen, Dov. "Culture, Social Organization, and Patterns of Violence." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 1998, Vol. 75, No. 2. 408-419.
Obmascik, Mark. "Massacre at Columbine High: Bloodbath leaves 15 dead, 28 hurt." The Denver Post. 21 April 1999.