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We spoke to Professor of Sociology at Ohio Northern University, Keith Durkin and he tells us that in order for someone to commit such a terrible crime, he must of had to dehumanize his targets. We spoke to Professor of Sociology at Ohio Northern University, Keith Durkin and he tells us that in order for someone to commit such a terrible crime, he must of had to dehumanize his targets.
Professor Durkin says mental health cannot be used as an excuse as to why he did what he did. Professor Durkin says mental health cannot be used as an excuse as to why he did what he did.

There are still many questions as to why 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot at concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Sunday night. We spoke to Professor of Sociology at Ohio Northern University, Keith Durkin and he tells us that in order for someone to commit such a terrible crime, he must have had to dehumanize his targets.

"There was a great degree of detachment in the actions that he took, he shot from a long range  with a very high caliber gun. He didn’t even have to look at the people inside or the consequences of his behavior, it was almost like a video game type of scenario where he just simply kept shooting repeatedly until he was finally stopped," says Durkin.

Las Vegas officials say Paddock, had no significant criminal history, but police found at least nineteen weapons in the hotel room where he was staying. Some of the guns being automatic, meaning that when he pulled the trigger many shot fired at once. He took his own life before he could be put into custody and questioned. Professor Durkin says mental health cannot be used as an excuse as to why he did what he did.

"My fear is that they are going to stigmatize people with mental heath challenges by saying this guy is mentally ill but no, he’s a mass murderer, and it’s not a matter of him having not gotten this type of help and we realize that there’s millions of Americans living daily and succeeding with various mental health challenges so we can’t use this as an explanation for why he did what he did," says Durkin. 

This horrible tragedy is reported to be the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

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