Mental Illness And Mass Shootings Essay

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Mental Illness and Mass Shootings

Over the past couple of years there have been a series of more than 200 mass killings in the U.S (“Behind the Blood shed: The Untold Story of America’s Mass Killings.”), and often times catastrophic events like mass murders tend to receive large amounts of publicity, especially if the shooting is committed by someone with some type of mental health problem. It seems to be of the norm now to hear of such cases where the perpetrators suffered some type of mental trauma. As a result of this, there has been an increase in negative attitudes towards people with mental health issues. Although, mental disorders are very common in the United States, the mentally ill are not a threat to society. The public loves to exaggerate about the coloration of mental illnesses, violence, and their own personal risk, but one cannot blame mass shooting on mental problems. It may be accurate to say that whoever commits such an atrocity might have had a couple of screws loose, but arguing that mass shootings occur on the solely factor that the perpetrators were suffering from some type of Mental disorder is silly. It is like saying………. ..It might have something to do here and there, but there are also other contributing factors that we must take a look at before jumping to conclusions. Often times we tend to oversimplify the issue and forget major determinant factors of violence, such as; the use of illegal drugs, grievances, and religious fanaticism…

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