1.24.24 – Epoch Times

“Growing Concerns Over Links Between Transgenderism and Violence”

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

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Mental health issues that manifest in gender confusion, combined with potent cross-sex hormones, can be a recipe for violence, some experts have said.

When shooters’ “gender identities” were revealed, some news outlets and commentators were quick to point out that people who identify as transgender and those who say they’re neither male nor female represent a small fraction of mass shooters.

But the numbers show a concerning pattern.

…Of the 37 public mass shootings from 2018 through 2023, two were carried out by gender-confused individuals,
according to John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. 

Three additional shootings were carried out by gender-confused individuals that resulted in fewer than four victims.

The case that has received the most intense media scrutiny is that of 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who went on a killing spree at the Covenant School in Nashville in March 2023.

She gunned down three 9-year-olds and three adults before police shot and killed her.

Ms. Hale identified as a “transgender man,” according to Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake…

Aside from Audrey Hale, there was Anderson Lee Aldrich, a man who identifies as nonbinary. He was sentenced to more than 2,000 years in prison for killing five people at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs in 2022.

The three other shootings with fewer than four victims include an incident in January at Perry Middle School and High School complex in Perry, Iowa, involving a 17-year-old who reportedly used the hashtag “gender-fluid” to describe himself on social media.

On Jan. 4, he fatally shot a sixth-grade student and wounded six others before killing himself, according to Iowa police. Principal Dan Marbuger died from his injuries 10 days later, his family announced.

In 2018, a woman who identified as a man gunned down three co-workers and injured three others outside a Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland, before she shot herself, according to police.

And in a 2019 shooting, 17-year-old Maya “Alec” McKinney, a woman identifying as a man, was one of two Colorado students charged in a shooting that killed one person and injured eight at a Highlands Ranch charter school near Denver. Ms. McKinney was sentenced to life in prison.

The number of people aged 13 and older who identify as transgender in the United States is
estimated to be about 1.6 million, or 0.6 percent of that population, according to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy.

And although 0.6 percent of the 13-and-older population identifies as transgender, 5.4 percent of the mass shootings in recent years involved gender-confused individuals.



It isn’t the norm for those suffering from gender dysphoria to commit violence, according to Kathy Platani, who directs the Southwest Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

“Hormones change brain chemistry,”
said Ms. Platani, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. “And if you change brain chemistry, you might just be changing behavior.”

If those who believe they’re born in the wrong bodies don’t find acceptance with friends or family, it can spark feelings of resentment, Ms. Platani said.

“They want to pay back the world for either bullying them, disapproving of them, or completely abandoning them. And this is how they make a statement,
she said.

“Once you feel ignited by this, and you’re already angry at the world, this is a perfect storm.”



The disproportionate tendency for extreme violence may be explained by biology.

Some people think that changing their bodies to reflect a new “gender identity” will solve their mental health problems,
according to neuropsychologist Alan Hopewell.

People with gender dysphoria may try hormone treatments first, which makes them more susceptible to mood swings and health problems,
Mr. Hopewell said.

Patients attempting to live as the opposite sex take “massive” doses of testosterone or estrogen,
he said. Treatments meant to try to alter gender also disrupt brain function and the entire physical system of the body, he said.

A systemic review of the effects of testosterone given to women who identify as men was released in 2020. It examined seven different studies on aggression in individuals who identify as transgender.

The studies focused on aggression levels before and after taking male hormones.

In their analysis, researchers wrote that
women trying to live as men are warned of “increasing aggression when initiating testosterone therapy” because of past associations between male hormones and aggression.

Testosterone has been connected to what’s known as “roid rage,” unwarranted rage or angry outbursts often associated with the use of steroids.

Testosterone abuse in weightlifting and bodybuilding circles brought attention to the issue when a
law against steroid use was passed in 1990.

Mr. Hopewell’s patients in the 1970s who identified as transgender often struggled with mental illness,
he said. He saw them while working at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Transgender patients often suffer from other mental issues, such as depression and anxiety,
he said.

He added that he’s seen that administering hormones to a person already under mental stress can exacerbate mental health issues.

A recent 
Finnish study found that mental health issues for people who medically transition continue despite “treatment.”

An analysis of data showed that
the need for psychiatric care was greater both before and after medical “transitioning” compared with the need for psychiatric care of people in the study’s control group.

Individuals who transition “present with many more common psychiatric needs than do their matched population controls, even when medical GR [gender reassignment] interventions are carried out,”
study researchers wrote.

And when they find they’re still suffering with mental health issues, they often eventually pursue more radical steps,
Mr. Hopewell said. That may involve removing genitals or having surgery to add what resemble the genitals of the opposite sex.

When surgical measures don’t help them feel less confusion or discomfort, their mental health issues are exacerbated with feelings of more anger and a sense of isolation and alienation
Dr. Hopewell said.

“And what happens is they get to the end of the road, where there’s nothing else that can be done. They come to the realization that ‘I’m just as mentally ill as I’ve ever been, and I’ll never be a real woman or a real man.'”



The increase in killers who are gender-confused certainly deserves scrutiny, experts told The Epoch Times.

Andrew Brown is the associate vice president of policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank. (Courtesy of TPPF).

Mr. Brown said he isn’t surprised that there’s a disproportionate number of shootings committed by people who identify as transgender.

People with gender dysphoria are struggling with a state of distress or unhappiness caused by feeling that their “gender identity” doesn’t match their sex. They often say they were born in the wrong body and their true gender doesn’t represent the sex they were “assigned” at birth.

That mental health challenge can be exacerbated by the violent rhetoric of some transgender activists,
Mr. Brown said.

“It’s not a far leap for those two things to come together and really create this perfect storm of factors that can lead to violence,”
he told The Epoch Times.

Mr. Brown’s close observation of the issue while evaluating public policy suggests to him that people who identify as transgender are being exposed to a “volatile cocktail of both mental health as well as chemical and physical modifications.”

He supported Texas
Senate Bill 14, which bans hormones or surgery for children to help them “transition” to a new gender identity. The bill became law in 2023.

Texas also passed into law
Senate Bill 15, which prohibits transgender athletes from participating in college athletics against athletes of the opposite sex.

Laws such as that have ignited emotional protests in 2023, as
more states—such as Florida and Tennessee—passed legislation to ban hormones and surgeries for minors.

Texas Democrat lawmakers and politically aligned activists worked fiercely to stop the Texas bill banning “gender-affirming care” for minors from becoming law.

they claimed that helping children “transition” to another gender can reduce the chance that those with gender dysphoria will commit suicide.

Studies have been inconclusive on whether suicidal thoughts or attempts at suicide are reduced with the use of cross-sex hormones and gender-altering surgery.

A 2023
review of studies looking at the risk of suicide following “gender-affirming” hormone administration and surgery indicated a decrease. However, some of the studies relied on less objective surveys, leading the reviewers to conclude that more objective scientific studies were needed.

Fighting to allow children to mutilate their bodies as part of gender reassignment plays into a larger political strategy,
Mr. Brown said.

Many in the Democratic party believe a “Marxist lie” that groups of people—such as those who identify as transgender—are “oppressed,”
he said.

That perceived oppression gives rise to violence.



The fight for “transgender rights” turned violent when Riley Gaines, a former NCAA champion swimmer,
physically attacked in April 2023 after speaking at San Francisco State University.

Since being required to compete against a man and share a locker room with him, Ms. Gaines has spoken around the country about the harms of allowing men who say they’re women to participate in women’s sports.

At a House Homeland Security Committee
hearing on far-left political violence, Ms. Gaines testified that she could hear protestors chanting outside the room where she was speaking, shouting, “We fight back!”

Ms. Gaines said she began to fear for her safety. As she ended her speech, protestors inside the room ran to open the locked doors, letting in a large group of angry activists.

“They rushed at me with fists raised, most shouting,”
she told lawmakers. “I was assaulted.”

A campus police officer led her out of the room, she told lawmakers, but they were met with an even larger group of protesters in the hallway who were blocking the stairway exit. She and the officer were forced to barricade themselves inside an office for three hours.

Meanwhile, she said, the activists screamed “vengeful, racist, violent, awful things” and could be heard demanding “ransom” from a college administrator in exchange for her safe release.

Officers from the City of San Francisco eventually cleared the hallway so she could leave, Ms. Gaines said.

Chaotic confrontations such as that are part of a common Marxist strategy to stoke anger, rage, and discontent,
Mr. Brown said.

“It is [seen by Marxists as] the duty of the oppressed to overthrow the oppressor,”
he said.

“And you build power within that worldview by making more and more people feel as though they are oppressed and then aligning them with each other.

“Now you’re seeing that take it to the next logical step, which is violence.”