The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Mass Shootings in Detroit

Sep 12, 2022

Workers have expressed concern about all the mass killings taking place. One of the latest happened in Detroit, when a 19-year-old man apparently shot four people, killing three and wounding another. It appears in this case the young man involved previously suffered from mental illness.

It’s hard to explain all the reasons behind the rash of mass killings and attacks that have taken place, but it certainly needs to be understood as a social problem, not simply the work of bad individuals. It is most certainly connected to a society that doesn’t provide an education to its young people, has no decent jobs for many, and has only prisons or homelessness for the mentally ill. Young people under lockdown during Covid hasn’t helped either.

This is the latest product of a system in which many children are treated like throwaways—the capitalist system. As long as it continues to exist, we can expect to see more of this.