Following last week's massacre at Northern Illinois University, which left six people dead and several more wounded, pundits across the nation have been looking for the easy explanation. Why did the sweet-faced 12-year-old pictured here grow up into a mass murderer, mowing down several innocent people and then himself? UCLA professor of education and "cultural critic" Douglas Kellner thinks that former NIU grad student Steven Kazmierczak went berserk because of a crisis of masculinity. In his book, Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre, Kellner argues that American boys are suffering from feelings of alienation, and in a culture that glorifies hyper-masculinity in the form of violent video games and movies, the school shooters "attempt to resolve a crisis of masculinity through violent behavior."
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