It’s the kind of Déjà vu we can all live without- another mass shooting in the United States. The tragic event at the Capital Gazette took the lives of five people and injured others. According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 154 mass shooting incidents have occurred in the United States this year through June 28th. In 2017 the U.S. witnessed a total of 346 mass shootings.
A recent report in the Los Angeles Times concludes that peer reviewed research has shown that individuals with major mental disorders are more likely to commit violent acts, especially if they abuse drugs. When we focus more narrowly on mass public shootings we see a relatively high rate of mental illness.
A universally accepted statistic is that only one-third of the people who have committed mass shootings have sought or received mental health therapy prior to their attacks.
We desperately need an honest debate on how to end this calamity. We do not endorse political ideologies on this Blog. We do advocate for
discourse that is not myopically focused on talking points instead of finding solutions. In addition, we support increased funding for private practice and community based mental health therapy.
Source: Gary R’nel
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