The Psychology of Mass Shootings and Mental Health History

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Following the Las Vegas shootings last month, politicians from Washington are convinced that passing a better mental health care plan could be the difference in stopping the mass killings that have become a common thing in America. For instance, the speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan said that for the Congress to ensure that they prevent these things don’t happen in the future, they should pass a mental health reform. This is a view that is also shared by the American public. For instance, a study that was carried two years ago discovered that 63 percent of the American population believe that passing better mental health reforms is better than adopting gun regulations that opponents have always suggested. We can all agree that most of the shooters in America have a mental disorder. In most cases, a psychotic illness has been reported or a severe personality disorder. While the argument may have some broad points, it does not offer a solution on how these people can be stopped. What the Americans who support this notion should understand is that they are dealing with individuals who have managed to avoid the mental health care system at all costs. In fact, these are people who don’t see themselves as psychiatrically ill.

Letting the numbers speak, 92 mass murders have been reported in the US from 1992 to 2017. Statistics say that only 15 percent of perpetrators had visited a mental health professional. At the same time, despite being a small part of the larger group, the small or little help they received from these medical professionals didn’t stop them from killing people. At the same time, medical and mental professionals argue that it would have been difficult to stop these people from killing as it was difficult to tell the one that would turn violent. It’s important to note that hundreds of thousands of Americans go the doctor with all claims of mental illnesses. The recent shooter Stephen Paddock is a good example. This was a gambling enthusiast who didn’t have a criminal history. He didn’t portray any resentment and didn’t have a record of angry outbursts. Instead, he was described by his brothers as the least violent in the family since they were young. At the same time, it has become apparent that most mass killers are paranoid white males who own guns. It’s also important to remember that there are similar white men who portray the same characteristics and yet don’t commit murders.

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