Mental Illness And Mass Shootings

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Mass shootings are a huge problem in the United States, but for some reason, political figures or government officials tend to handle these situations as if it’s just a regular crime. There have been 97 mass shootings since 1982, which in total have had 806 fatalities due to these mass shootings. Instead of treating, a mass shooting like it is a casual thing and coming up with all types of different excuses to control how people should feel and see the situation they should be working to make stronger and better gun control laws in order to regulate who can get a hold of these weapons. In the article, “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms,” written by Jonathan M. Metzl and Kenneth T. MacLeish explain the assumptions that are usually introduced after a mass shooting occurs in the United States. They explain how these assumptions help with the relationship between mental illness and mass shootings. In the article, they try to focus and explain the true underlying factors that often cause these assumptions about the shooter or the shooting. The authors Metzl and MacLeish stated in the article (2015, 240), “…notions of mental illness that emerge in relation to mass shootings frequently reflect larger cultural stereotypes and anxieties about matters such as race/ethnicity, social class, and politics.” Mass shootings can’t continue to be justified by assumptions that won’t solve the issue at hand because it is and will always be an important matter

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