Mass Shootings: Causes And Effects Of Mass Shootings

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Umpqua Community College, Santa Monica College, Oikos University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Northern Illinois University, Virginia Tech, University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, Uni­versity of Iowa, colleges since 1984 that were grounds for mass shootings. Harper Mercer, John Zawahri, L. Goh, Amy Bishop, Steven Kazmierczak, Robert S. Flores, Gang Lu, students and faculty that opened fire at those colleges. Mass shootings on college campuses are not fictional events, they are ongoing and increasing. Ways that could minimize the chances of mass shootings happening on campuses with or without armories; mental health checks, escorts, and trainings on dangerous behaviors.
According to the Analysis of Mass Shootings produced by EverytownReseach.org,
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Mental health deaths account for slightly more than nine people a day world wide. According to Times.com, mass shootings account for approximately 1,300 lives lost and compromised since 1982. The National Institute of Health, reports suggest that “up to sixty percent of perpetrators of mass shootings in the United States since 1970 displayed symptoms including acute paranoia, delusions, and depression before committing their crimes”(Mertzl, Kenneth, "Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms."). Yet, college students have the highest risk of acquiring a mental illness, possessed upon them from the stresses of a new environment and …show more content…
Media tends to distort and intensify the reality, in which, the two could be completely unrelated but present at the time, without any correlation. The National Institution of Health agrees with this, refuting the major four assumptions since Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the Colorado movie theater massacre. The assumptions include; that mental illness causes gun violence, that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and that gun control “won’t prevent” another Newtown. It elaborates each of these points with allegations to facts and studies. The NIH directly addresses that, “Anxieties about insanity and gun violence are also imbued with oft-unspoken anxieties about race, politics, and the unequal distribution of violence in US society”. Which also states that, “Our analysis suggests that similar, if less overt historical tensions suffuse discourses linking guns and mental illness in ways that subtly connect “insane” gun crimes with oft-unspoken assumptions about “White” individualism or “Black” communal

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