Hypothesizing Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs Mass Shooters Suffer from Reward Deficiency Syndrome: “Born Bad”

Thomas McLaughlin, Kenneth Blum, Bruce Steinberg, David Siwicki, Joseph Campione, Panayotis K. Thanos, Eric R. Braverman, Edward J. Modestino, Marjorie C. Gondré-–Lewis, David Baron, Deborah C. Mash, John Giordano and Rajendra D. Badgaiyan

 

Abstract

The slaughters in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs demand explanation, in the face of the ineffable. An understanding of the shooters’ motives could restore our trust in our mutually cooperative existence. In this short communication we provide post-hoc rationale of both Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas mass shooting) and Devin Kelley (Southerland Springs mass shooting) and hypothesize that these shooters had genetically induced “Reward Deficiency Syndrome” (RDS) and a hypodopaminergia trait/state. In this particular case we are in pursuit of trying to obtain postmortem samples of mass shooters for subsequent epigenetic and neurogenetic analyses. It is our contention that early genetic identification of RDS and its pathological behaviors including hyper –sexuality, violence, a love for guns, could be a giant step forward in potentially saving lives.

Published on: December 30, 2017
doi: 10.17756/jrdsas.2017-038
Citation: McLaughlin T, Blum K, Steinberg B, Siwicki D, Campione J, et al. 2017. Hypothesizing Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs Mass Shooters Suffer from Reward Deficiency Syndrome: “Born Bad”. J Reward Defic Syndr Addict Sci 3(2): 28-31.
 
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