The Parkland school shooting that took place on February 14, 2018, in Florida, left 17 people dead and many others injured. The shooting was carried out by Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The incident sparked nationwide debates about gun control laws, mental health, and school safety. In this blog post, we will explore the motive behind Nikolas Cruz’s attack.
The Role of Mental Health
Nikolas Cruz had a history of mental health issues, and it is believed that this played a significant role in his decision to carry out the attack. According to reports, Cruz had been diagnosed with autism, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He had also previously received mental health treatment but had stopped attending therapy sessions. Mental health experts suggest that individuals with mental health conditions are more likely to commit acts of violence if they have access to firearms. In the case of Nikolas Cruz, his mental health issues may have contributed to his decision to carry out the attack.
Aside from mental health issues, Nikolas Cruz’s personal motivations may have also played a role in his attack. Reports indicate that Cruz had a troubled upbringing, having lost both of his adoptive parents at a young age. He had also had several run-ins with the law and had a history of violent and aggressive behavior. Cruz had reportedly been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for disciplinary reasons. According to his classmates, he often talked about violence and had expressed a desire to carry out a school shooting. It is possible that Cruz carried out the attack as a way of seeking revenge against the school that had expelled him and against those who had bullied him in the past.
Access to Firearms
Another factor that contributed to Nikolas Cruz’s attack was his access to firearms. Despite his history of mental health issues and violent behavior, Cruz was able to legally purchase a semi-automatic rifle. This has led to calls for stricter gun control laws, as many believe that individuals with a history of mental health issues should not be allowed to purchase firearms.
The motive behind Nikolas Cruz’s attack was likely a combination of personal motivations and mental health issues. While his troubled upbringing and experiences with bullying may have played a role, his access to firearms and his history of mental health issues cannot be ignored. The Parkland shooting has sparked important discussions about gun control laws and mental health treatment, and it is our hope that meaningful change will be made to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.