Gun Violence In The United States

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Gun Violence Gun Violence has become a serious issue In the United Sates. “According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.” (NIJ). Most homicides are committed with firearms and the numbers continue to increase. Based off of research, males are more likely to be in possession of firearm. The reason this seems to be true is due to the stigma of a man being tough and violent. In order to fix this, psychologists need to develop and evaluate schools, workplaces, prisons clinics and other…show more content…
People with issues such as suicidal thoughts, feeling of depression, and persons at risk of violence, should be given mental health treatment to prevent gun violence. Policies and programs that are providing people with these treatments, should be a national priority due to the great number of incidences in the United States. Also it is important to find out if a person truly is a harm to themselves and others. Also what needs to be certain is whether people who does such violent acts are in fact mentally ill, and the term is not being used loosely. According to an article by ABC news, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman says, “A person who needs treatment for mental illness often faces barriers such as insurance coverage and accessibility to care, in addition to stigma -- while people getting treated for a disease like cancer face fewer "disincentives" to getting the best care..” (Lieberman) Another issue is in order to treat these people, is it takes more than just medication. The help from therapists, case managers, social and vocational rehabilitation counselors is needed. Many of these programs are not always available to…show more content…
There has been several violent act done to African Americans by the police which caused an uproar. The acts are dehumanizing and the African American Community is tired of it. The Black Live Matter Movement is the start of a conversation that needs to be addressed. It is a campaign than speaks against violence toward black people. The movement organizes protests around the deaths of black people, the killings of African Americans by law enforcement officers, and other issues such as racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice

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