- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2023

There is something deadly about transgenderism. So implies the recent mass shooting allegedly carried out by a transgender person.

The violent event casts light on broad evidence that death haunts those who have become caught up in gender confusion. As a trendy social movement, the compulsion to go trans and to harm should be recognized as a cry for help.

Law enforcement named the assailant who on Monday invaded The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, killing three children and three adult staff members, as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a transgender person who also went by Aiden Hale.

A social media post to a friend before the attack indicates that Hale intended to kill innocents at the private Christian school and to be killed in the process. “I’m planning to die today. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die,” a local TV news channel reported.

Americans surely wish they hadn’t heard about her while they struggle to understand how a metamorphosis from female to male became entangled in a descent from a Christian school attendee to a mass killer.

Murders conducted by transgender people may be rare, but death ideation is heartbreakingly common among the youthful trans cohort.

A 2020 study titled “Suicidality among Transgender Youth,” published by the National Library of Medicine, outlines the unvarnished dimensions of the affliction: “Data indicate that 82% of transgender individuals have considered killing themselves and 40% have attempted suicide, with suicidality highest among transgender youth … 56% of youth reported a previous suicide attempt and 86% reported suicidality.”

Risk factors such as microaggressions, self-stigma and adverse childhood experiences are also common.

While there is no assertion that gender confusion is the root cause of the urge to commit self-harm, it is clear that transgenderism and suicidality in tandem frequently accompany young Americans along a precarious path.

As for President Biden, he responded to the Nashville shootings with his stock call for an assault weapons ban: “We have to do more to stop gun violence. It’s ripping our communities apart, ripping at the very soul of this nation. We have to do more to protect our schools. I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapons ban.”

It is evident that the rising incidence of gun violence has its origin not in the proliferation of deadly weaponry but in a deepening internal darkness among the nation’s youth. Mr. Biden often espouses regular-Joe values by citing youthful memories of kitchen-table economics, but when has he cited the ethics of his Catholic upbringing to forcefully demand of Americans, “Thou shalt not kill”?

Instead, the president has shown himself ready to truncate the constitutionally protected Second Amendment and to enthusiastically promote transgenderism — despite overwhelming evidence that the soaring fad of sexual disorientation is associated with self-destructive urges.

The Nashville school shooter is to be condemned for appalling villainy in the murders of six innocent people. At the same time, it must be recognized that transgenderism is a condition that haunts the young with a pitiable death wish. Tragically, it has now also accompanied one practitioner in the commission of murder.

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