A man in his 20's is awaiting sentencing in Quebec for the senseless murders of six Muslims as they worshipped peacefully in their mosque. Alexandre Bissonnette became obsessed with immigrants, was suicidal and obviously homicidal. He eventually pled guilty to his crimes and will likely be in prison for the rest of his life.
Yesterday a young man in Toronto rented a van then "weaponized" it, careening along one of Canada's busiest streets with the intent of killing innocent pedestrians. Sadly, he was very successful , killing ten and injuring many more. Alek Minassian, also in his 20's, had no previous criminal record but has been described as a loner, and he challenged the remarkable police officer who arrested him to shoot him in the head.
We hear far too often about incidents of mass murder in places around the world where young men are recruited to do terrible harm to others, as well as so-called "lone wolves" such as Dylan Roof and Nikolas Cruz, and just this week, Travis Reinking, in the United States. Please note that all these North Americans I've named are angry white men, alienated and enraged. Yes, there are brown-skinned terrorists out there, some of them religiously motivated, but while we obsess overthem, there are terrorists in our midst whom we aren't as inclined to "other."
In February, after the school massacre in Florida, the New York Times published what has become a widely quoted op-ed piece called The Boys are Not All Right by Michael Ian Black. In it he observes:
America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.