Gunman lost his job, then opened fire, killing 5
Andrew J. Engeldinger’s descent into darkness began two years ago, but even as he retreated from family and bought handguns and ammunition, he kept coming to work at the Accent Signage Systems factory in Minneapolis.
Engeldinger, 36, worked his shift Thursday and was told that after a dozen years, he no longer had a job. Then he pulled out a 9mm Glock handgun and committed the largest workplace massacre in recent Minnesota history.
On Friday, the scale of the rampage came into focus: Five people were killed, including the founder of the acclaimed sign manufacturer and a visiting UPS driver. Three others were injured.
In a social Darwinian model of society, when there is no safety net, losing a job to some is like losing their life and their identity, especially after years of working at it in their youth. Suddenly, they are let go in middle age and are no longer employable because the market wants them young and cheap and they have bills to pay like car payments and a mortgage and maybe expensive health bills that does not allow them to take a pay cut and compete with the younger, cheaper workers.
So they see being fired as a life ending event and decide to take as many people with them as they can before they go, especially those they see as the cause of their pain.
This is what society looks like without a safety net and why workplace rampage shootings are common here in (relative) safety net free America vs the rest of the industrialized (and safety netted) world.
Per the thesis of Mark Ames of the Exile: Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond