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Murder By Proxy documentary trailer

Can we trace the mass shooting sprees back to what was termed "going Postal"?

United States Postal Service workers, claiming bad treatment and bad behavior by management, try and work through the system within their union. When the system fails in their eyes, they seek vengeance by returning with one or more guns. They shoot not only supervisors, but also co-workers. They shoot to kill these people because they can't kill the system that wronged them. It's murder by proxy.

This documentary timelines several mass shootings, both at the USPS and other workplaces. It follows a union worker trying to help get a law passed for better treatment by employees at work sites. It also questions whether mass shootings beyond the workplace stem from the same type of conditions. The shooter feels maligned in some way and there is no societal response, so the killer takes up arms and shoots others and himself. Is there a connection we need to make?

"What started out decades ago as disaffected, endangered workers graduated into teenagers and other alienated people in a community seeing these mass shooters as notorious, famous, immortalized. And seeing themselves in those people."

The title of the documentary is Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal. It is now on Netflix streaming and YouTube (over 1 hr). It is worth considering as we may be heading toward more guns in the workplace and at our schools. What will we be able to do about it?


Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal
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