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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: Mental Illness and Violence

A senseless act of violence carried out in a public setting has once again profoundly disturbed the people of the United States. On October 1 st , , year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercera killed nine people and wounded nine others at Umpqua Community College using six guns purchased through a federally licensed arms dealer. We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people.

We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. Our scholarly community has the tools to properly analyze policy decisions in the case of mental illness and gun violence to propose a moral solution.

My suggestion is to frame this as a discussion of human rights, morality and health—a familiar discourse in the bioethics community—to form the basis for political compromise and greater public awareness. If we look at the health consequences of proliferation of arms in the United States, the data paints a dismal picture. Not only is our experience with gun violence abnormal but also the prevalence of mental illness in the U.

S supersedes that of comparable countries. According to the National Institute of Health, the average American has a Our nation seems to be a peculiar outlier. The modern gun rights movement is based upon principles that are summarized by Historian J. A Pocock: the bearing of arms is the essential medium through which the individual asserts both his social power and his participation in politics as a responsible moral being.

Examples of articles confirming this correlation follow each of these tragic events. The association between mental illness and gun violence is not as clear. Availability of guns was found to be a more predictive factor than psychiatric diagnoses in the 19, annual cases of gun suicide. S by attributing it to mental illness would be reactionary and detrimental to society.

Interestingly, a recent Washington Post article alluded to strongly conservative politics in Western Oregon and a decline in employment in the local lumber industry as possible contextual influences. Gun control advocates and gun rights activists are increasingly communicating to the body politic that we must either oppose or support gun control based upon our opinions about these mass shootings.

Without adequate consideration of empirical evidence, which calls into question whether mental illness causes gun violence, it is quite easy to draw an incorrect conclusion.

For example, a distinction is often made in the U. S between African-American and White assailants when theorizing about the etiology of violence. Those concerned about the health and well-being of our citizens, especially you the reader, cannot remain silent assuming that partisanship concerning gun control will stagnate any legislation brought before Congress. Your knowledge about the current crisis and its affects on our collective health means that you are ethically obligated to speak out.

We must ask: do we have a serious right to bear arms? Is mental illness the cause of gun violence? Can gun control prevent mass shootings?

From a bioethical perspective, this must manifest in political action. Buchanan, L. How They Got Their Guns. New York Times. Retrieved October 4, National Vital Statistics Report.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Johnson, A. Center For American Progress. The Atlantic. Creating Mental Illness. JGA Pocock's republicanism and political theory: A critique and reinterpretation. Critical Review , 4 3 , Suicide, guns, and public policy. Am J Public Health. Risks for individuals with schizophrenia who are living in the community. Psychiatr Serv. Mental illness, mass shootings, and the politics of American firearms. American journal of public health , 2 , Shooting in Oregon: Where unemployment is high and gun rights are precious.

The Washington Post. Hegemonic mas- culinity and mass murderers in the United States. South- west J Crim Justice.

The Daily Sheeple. December 14, Campus Gun Control Works. Boston Review. Quick jump to page content. Published Oct 9, Main Article Content Andrew Hawkins. Abstract A senseless act of violence carried out in a public setting has once again profoundly disturbed the people of the United States. Archives Hawkins, A. Gun Policy. Voices in Bioethics , 1.

The Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families, & Communities

Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: Mulvey Published Medicine Annual review of clinical psychology. The United States has substantially higher levels of firearm violence than most other developed countries. Firearm violence is a significant and preventable public health crisis. Mental illness is a weak risk factor for violence despite popular misconceptions reflected in the media and policy.

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Over the past few years, gun violence has risen to the forefront of public consciousness. Much of the debate has focused on gun regulation and keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of potential killers, particularly those with mental illnesses. Unfortunately, far less attention has been dedicated to the impact of gun violence on victims. While individuals killed and injured in atrocities such as the Sandy Hook and Aurora Theater shootings are publicly remembered and mourned, victims of these tragedies are not limited to those men, women, and children killed, injured, or present during these horrific events. The consequences of gun violence are more pervasive and affect entire communities, families, and children. In fact, most people with mental illnesses are not violent and are actually more likely to be victimized than they are to victimize others Teplin et al, While much more can be done to address the problems of perpetrators with a mental illness, that conversation alone will not address the problems associated with gun violence.


Liza Gold and Robert Simon. Gun violence and mental illness are two subjects that, as a citizen, cli- nician, and forensic psychiatrist, I thought I knew.


Mass Shootings and Mental Illness - Hold On, Now....

A senseless act of violence carried out in a public setting has once again profoundly disturbed the people of the United States. On October 1 st , , year-old gunman Christopher Harper-Mercera killed nine people and wounded nine others at Umpqua Community College using six guns purchased through a federally licensed arms dealer. We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. Our scholarly community has the tools to properly analyze policy decisions in the case of mental illness and gun violence to propose a moral solution.

Ahonen is trained in Criminology and Psychology. Relatedly, she is knowledgeable about organizational development of and leadership in institutions dealing with delinquents' needs for services. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. Advertisement Hide. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available.

January , Volume Number 1 , page 49 - 53 [Free]. Join NursingCenter to get uninterrupted access to this Article. How can nurses identify and address signs of potential violence in their patients?

“Its Not Enough”—Mental Illness and U.S. Gun Policy

Он вырвался оттуда. Нужно немедленно вызвать службу безопасности. Я выключаю ТРАНСТЕКСТ! - Она потянулась к клавиатуре.

Стратмор глубоко вздохнул. Ясно, что без объяснений ему не обойтись. Она это заслужила, подумал он и принял решение: Сьюзан придется его выслушать.

Скрытые тенью, на него смотрели глаза Грега Хейла, глаза, полные ужаса. Тогда Стратмор понял, что Грег Хейл должен умереть. В ТРАНСТЕКСТЕ послышался треск, и Стратмор приступил к решению стоявшей перед ним задачи - вырубить электричество. Рубильник был расположен за фреоновыми насосами слева от тела Чатрукьяна, и Стратмор сразу же его. Ему нужно было повернуть рубильник, и тогда отключилось бы электропитание, еще остававшееся в шифровалке. Потом, всего через несколько секунд, он должен был включить основные генераторы, и сразу же восстановились бы все функции дверных электронных замков, заработали фреоновые охладители и ТРАНСТЕКСТ оказался бы в полной безопасности.


Dispelling the Myths. • Mental illness causes gun violence. • Psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime. • Shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill.


5 Response
  1. Sabadphocar1984

    In contrast, deaths by suicide using firearms account for the majority of yearly gun​-related deaths. ☑ The overall contribution of people with serious mental illness.

  2. Olympia L.

    In contrast, deaths by suicide using firearms account for the majority of yearly gun-related deaths.

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