Mental health expert weighs in on similar characteristics between gunmen of recent mass shootings

LAS VEGAS — With America still reeling from back to back to back mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio; the striking similarities among the gunmen are shed to light: all are men and under the age of 26.

Dr. Rhigel Alforgque Tan, a Filipino mental health expert, suggested why these young men — besides their individual ideals and beliefs — would resort to violence.

“The precarious manhood theory that every man wants to be known by his strength and there’s this manhood competitiveness,” Dr. Tan says. “When a certain person isn’t given due respect and they tend to shy away, and they’re inferior with others, then that’s the aggression.”

Dr. Tan explained why young men’s raging hormones could lead to violent acts.

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