Business Insider recently published an article entitled “Millennial men are killing more than any other age group in the US — and it could be because their brains aren’t fully developed.” A number of other media outlets have also run with this article. Before I even get started, I’ll say straight out the premise is bullshit.
First off, the term Millennial is incredibly vague. While most old people think Millennials are just kids who do stuff that old people don’t understand, the more scientific term are people who were born somewhere between the mid-1980s to early 2000s. First of all these generational labels are garbage. I was born in the late 60s and I’m considered part of Generation X, that includes people who were born up until the early 1980s. That’s a huge gap for an entire generation considering this includes people who grew up during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Gen X was mostly considered to be the slacker generation but that label didn’t become popular until the mid 90s where I was old enough to have been holding a job for almost 10 years. I grew up listening to heavy metal in the 80s, but other Gen Xers grew up listening to grunge and alternative in the 90s. I personally wouldn’t consider these two groups of people as belonging to the same generation. To drive the point even further home, the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were both born in the early 80s. I was 30 when Columbine happened. I would definitely not consider us all part of the same generation. When I was in high school, school shootings weren’t even a thing. So to lump everyone who was born from 1985 to 2000 in the same generational generalization is narrow-minded.
Secondly, the article presents the argument that one of the reasons these young men commit such atrocities is because the male Millennial brain doesn’t ‘fully develop’ until the age of 25. I’ve been hearing this argument for years when it comes to charging juvenile school shooters as adults. Defense attorneys often trot out the undeveloped brain concept in order to have their clients exonerated or sent to juvenile detention for mass murder. While the brain may not be fully developed until the age of 25, people know the difference between right and wrong, and life and death much younger than that. If they don’t then they’re psychopaths.
I think there are two reasons behind most of these mass shootings. The first, as I’ve said many times before, is a lot of these people were raised by inattentive parents who take no interest in their children’s lives and allow their unhealthy obsessions and mental health issues to fester. These parents are also part of the generation who told their kids they were special snowflakes and then act surprised when their kids can’t deal with failure or disappointment. That’s not exclusive to Millennials. The second is the internet. While the internet allows everyone to find a voice, it also allows them to wallow in their obsessions no matter how violent or depraved they might be.
In conclusion, you can manipulate statistics into any outcome you want. What we need to remember is that we are all responsible for own actions and so are mass murderers. There are no excuses.