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I seriously thought about this and I came to conclude though mental illnesses do play a role it isn't the biggest role because other countries have mentally ill people and have guns available to their citizens and you hardly never hear a person does a random mass shooting.
I just think America is suffering from a trend that some people think its cool to shoot random people in masses to make a social statement and for attention.48
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To those who believe otherwise, mass shootings have definitely been on the rise recently. According to the statistics, mass shootings in the United States have more than doubled since the last decade. Such an increase in mass shootings can be attributed to the drastic increase in gun ownership, the idolization of other mass shooters, lack of mental health treatments, and perhaps even racism. Beginning with the increase in gun ownership, gun sales reached a record 23 million in 2020, a 65% increase from 2019, and remained high in 2021. This doesn't even include the many people in America who illegally own guns. Obviously, when more people in the United States own more guns, gun crime is more likely to increase in the United States.
Regarding the idolization of other mass shooters, note that troubled individuals often commit mass shootings. People who have been bullied or otherwise feel like victims in society become suicidal, idolize others with the same mindset, and follow their footsteps, which often lead to mass murder. For example, a person who has been bullied in school or otherwise feels like an outcast amongst his or her peers is likely to feel suicidal instead of seeking mental health treatment and/or attempting to improve his or her situation when socializing. Some male potential mass shooters might also believe that women generally reject them and become suicidal instead of seeking help. Along with their suicidal tendencies, they develop a sense of needing to seek "revenge" against those that "wronged" them to help them feel more powerful in the process, which often results in them idolizing other mass shooters with similar issues, such as the Columbine shooters and/or Elliott Roger. Their mindset becomes, "If I am eventually going down, I am going to take as many people with me as I can." This can include people that they feel bullied them, people that they failed to fit in with, or people that they feel rejected them.
As for the lack of mental health treatment, many mass shooters very rarely seek treatment for their mental health. Perhaps if they received some mental health treatment to help them think clearly, they could greatly decrease their chances of committing a mass shooting. For instance, with proper treatment, instead of feeling suicidal because of bullying, failing with the opposite sex, or not fitting in, a mental health professional could help one address the problem rationally and perhaps help the individual in question find ways to deal with the bullying, improve their social skills, or do whatever is relevant to the situation that can result in improvement. Instead, many mass shooters are quiet loners who rarely socialize, likely sit in their rooms all day idolizing other mass shooters, and rarely seek mental health treatment. A potential solution to this issue could be universal healthcare, especially for mental health treatment, as such treatment can be very expensive. The average cost of psychotherapy in the United States when seeing a psychiatrist ranges from $150 to $500 per session, which can be unaffordable for many people. In addition, the same can be said for health insurance that covers mental health treatment as well. Perhaps if more people were able to afford the treatment they need, they would be encouraged to seek treatment.
Lastly, as for how racism plays a part in the mass shootings, note that the majority of mass shooters are White people. I'm not saying that such White people are mainly motivated by racism, but something different. Instead of the police constantly putting in a ton of effort patrolling the Black neighborhoods and, for example, pulling over more Black people at higher rates than warranted, searching for drugs and guns, they should also be keeping an eye out on the White people that consistently buy guns in bulk, especially guns that can inflict mass causalities such as assault rifles. This should be especially true considering that people are not required to undergo mental health evaluations before purchasing firearms. Because of that, I believe that every gun owner, mainly those who own assault rifles, should be on a "watchlist" of sorts that keeps track of their mental health. Those who are found to have mental health issues obviously should not be legally allowed to own a firearm. That way, the proper authorities can keep track of everyone instead of focusing mainly on Black neighborhoods while the White loners are casually buying highly dangerous weapons and plotting and scheming the entire time. Simply because you're White with no criminal record doesn't mean you should automatically be trusted with an assault rifle.11
When the states have been to put it blunt "fucked their people in the ass" for so long as they have then of course people tend to get messed up and crazy. The country is so corrupt that instead of doing things for the sake of the people it's rather done for the sake of money. Your gun laws are messed up, why do anything about it when you can make money in stead? Everything is a business for your guys (political and business i mean). Why rehabilitate prisoners so they won't go back to crime when you instead can make money out of having prisoner's. Why give free healthcare when you instead can earn money on the pasients. Why give medical stuff for normal human prices when you instead can sell it for top dollar, I'm referring to insulin as an example. Why make police work a university education to make all police work for the people instead of shooting everyone. Why proper education and laws on what you can or can't educate students when you can have uneducated people that can easily be controlled. Why make higher education affordable for everyone when you can make it into a lucrative business that almost only rich people can afford. And the list goes on and on about how tremendous amount of things in the stats that is so insanely crazy to almost all of the world. When you take all that in consideration then why is it strange that there are mass shooting? You guys (government and businesses) have basically created this, all in the name of making money. Fuck the people right? Things have to change.20
Primarily social media there are other factors of course but social media is the main one.
it has been proven that social media causes anxiety depression and suicide ideations in teenagers
Social media also provides an environment of group think if you’re already thinking that socialism or neo nazism may be a good thing you go on the internet and find groups of people that agrees with you and you get radicalized. It also allows social contagion to spread like trans ideology which hits the vulnerable and mentally ill already.
the news media is also responsible for fanning the flames. 2 weeks ago the media ran with a story the Michael Knowles a political commentator working for the dailywire was accused of supporting genocide for saying that we need to eradicate transgender ideology from public life. The media around with oh he’s calling for a mass genocide of trans people he was not. He was saying transgender ideology is wrong like the idea of communism or nazism is wrong and it should ping be allowed in public life. Not kill them. But the mainstream media lied said he was calling for genocide and now you had a woman who pretends to be a man should a Christian organization.
Without social media without the main stream media, none of this would be happening, but the primary culprit is social media. The secondary is main stream media by CNN.26
Because communists want to start a violent revolution... This is why they keep talking about civil war on the news. ANTIFA/BLM is responsible for carrying out the school shootings, riots, etc. Skip to 31 minutes for information on using agitators to attack children to provoke violence. You should really listen to it all though. G. Edward Griffin was a real expert in the field during the cold war. He knows his stuff.https://www.youtube.com/embed/p32eI61-kqk
Communist in the Black community take G. Edward Griffin's words literally. For example Darius Sessoms is BLM and executed a White 5 year old riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in front of his house.
The latest school shooting was a gay ANTIFA tranny shooting up kids, but there have been many other's that wore communist and nazi symbolism to show their allegance. Until people round up and arrest the communist terrorist organizations tied into the ANTIFA web they will continue their bloody war against civilian populations.https://www.youtube.com/embed/7RXesUy8cj419
What do you mean recently? This has been going on at least two decades and probably longer than I have been alive. Sure, its on the rise, but that is just because no one has worked to prevent it so every year the situation gets just a little bit worse. I remember saying "There is now a mass shooting each day in USA" a few years ago and now its 1,5 a day.
If your definition of "recent" is not very far back in time then you are probably part of the problem. Specifically, that you have ignored the fact that mass shootings happens literally every day to the point where the news papers dont even cover it unless there is something else about it that makes it more "unique" and "newsworthy".
Mass shootings in USA is the normal and Americans have grown to accept it.430
Shootings (especially in the U. S. I believe) have always been "popular". It's been on the rise since the late 90's into the 21st century because of various reason: 1) Some children don't know how to quell their anger appropriately 2) Some adults are FED UP with society and the way things are. FAKE niceness, etc. 3) Unchecked Anger/Rage/Mental Pyschosis, PSTD, trauma, but mostly I believe it to be RAGE. Unchecked RAGE at the world and the helplessness one feels about it. This is their OUTLET! 4) Some guy/gal getting back at their old employer for firing him/her unfairly while he has kids to feed/a family to support. Hell, I'd get mad too but not THAT mad to the point... well you get it, I hope.22
Because everytime someone wants to address the root cause which is the traumatic experience created by toxic school environments that can lead a social outcast past a breaking point and trigger these events, someone else will start screaming "gun control" and turn the whole thing into yet another iteration of the endless debate on if or not self defense is a human right.
The only way the number goes down is for regulators to accept that people kill people and guns are a mere tool like so many others. The problem is staring you in the face it's the education and what it's allowing to happen.
Saying that "just as long as this kid doesn't have access to a gun we don't care if he's constantly bullied and tormented and abused and denied a decent school life" is far more atrocious than someone saying "I wanna own a gun to defend myself and my home"52
It's because we've got mentally unhinged people running around who are free to mingle with the general population, and also somehow manage to not have criminal records and/or slip through the cracks of the legal system, so they're able to get legal access to firearms. We used to put mentally unhinged people in mental institutions to protect society, but mental institutions had inhumane conditions. So instead of doing the right thing and correcting the inhumane conditions, we just closed all of the mental institutions. That's why all this nonsense is going on. The last mental institutions closed in the mid 1990s, so it no surprise that Columbine happened in 1999, and things have snowballed ever since. The rise of social media also doesn't help, because this shit is plastered all over the internet, almost to the point of glorification. So you also get copycat incidents as well.411
Because the media publicizes it.
Sad losers have found a way to have their names blasted all over the world. So that they matter in some small way before they end their pathetic lives basically. And there is no shortage of them these days.
A lot of young men feel the world against them, and see it as a source of revenge as well.
I bet if they never said the person's name, or showed their face to the media the cases would drop drastically. The reason people commit these types of crimes is for attention and revenge.10
I would argue mental health, but at the same time it has been reported so much thay it cam be seen as a trend for the next psycho wanting to do something that will get them fame and attention.
A lot of these people that do these are not only mentally ill, but they are often times social outcasts that are not amounting to much in life. They want acknowledgment, recognition and to. be noticed. The media does no favors by covering these shootings and directing attention to the shooters that carry them out if they live or die and why they plan to kill as many as they can in gun free zones. They are now infamous and got what they wanted. To be noticed. It is practically romanticized at this point.
That is why it keeps happening.5
on the rise? since when? since colombine? that was almost a generation ago. and before that they still happened. the biggest school shooting in my hometown at UT tower.
tbh these school shootings done by kids are heartbreaking but don't amount to much. the kids end up regretting shooting victims. the deaths are not assassinations. it makes me wonder if there is something more at play here.
are these terminally ill kids? no one has said anything about that. i'd bet my money that that's a motive. but that's only half the motive. i believe someone pays them to do it in exchange for compensation for their family.3
nobody's really saying it, so I will. I think it's because more people are feeling like there's no hope when they have problems. People are being conditioned to demonize others who think differently than them, and it's harder for people to feel comfortable getting the help that they need for fear of being crapped on for whatever is "different" about them.
A lot of people don't even feel like they can talk to their own family about stuff that's bothering them, and it's because "forces", whether political or spiritual, are at work, strongly trying to divide us.20
First of all I don’t think this is based on because people are rejecting god. I know a lot of good people who don’t believe in god but they’re not shooting up their work or schools, neither am I as I don’t believe in god either. I think it’s a lot of complex things, including the gov’t. Some how I think they have a part to do w this. Plus over medicating people in society today, see it a lot working in the medical field. I feel like it’s all part of someone’s agenda, just the same as COVID. That was just an experiment to see what things worked, what things didn’t work, how can they make it work better next time. Event 201.10
Because the media is stirring them up the way they report them.
Since WW2 there have been plenty of military surplus rifles and pistols available to the public, not to mention many firearms that were never military issue. M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, 1911 pistols…all perfectly capable for use in a mass killing. We’ve had the dreaded AR style rifle available to the public in many states for over 50 years. Yet not until fairly recently has mass shootings become a frequent story in the media because there were very few of them.
From the end of WW2 until around 2000 mass shooting almost never happened. Now they seem to occur every few months. Why? Part of it is unintelligent and criminally minded people copying what they see on tv. The other reason is the moral decay of society created by godlessness.0
Because they’re being brainwashed with: There’s no God. You can be a bobcat if you want. Change your gender whenever you take a notion to. It’s driving them insane. Almost all mass shooters have mental health problems. Also, dems are defunding the police and letting violent criminals run free. What do you expect?21
It's not the guns. The US has had the 2nd amendment since its founding so their existence is not the cause in this decades long onslaught.
We need to see what is driving these people into doing it, that's the only way we can put a stop to it. But we are too busy trying to take away the guns even though they know the government will abuse the people even more than they are already if the people dont gave any means of fighting back but they don't care.25
increasing mental illness + easy access to guns = disasters3110
Because evil is on the loose and our culture has abandoned moral and social restraints. The same is true with simpler things like grab and run shoplifting and atrocious urban traffic with its accidents and road rage. Even more and more and more gun control will accomplish nothing. We need people control.0
Set aside what basically really motivates people to proceed with mass shootings, and keeping in mind that such people have mental issues, I'm convinced that the over whole the world increasing stress, uncertainties and violence in any form, a logic result is some people getting more easyly crazy and thus triggered into proceeding with random shootings. A bit like that proverbial drop resulting into a glass of water to overflow...0
More shootings = more people buying guns for defence= More idiots with guns = more shootings=more people buying guns for defence= More idiots with guns = more shootings20
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Probably a couple different reasons, one of them is likely the difference in definition depending on who is defining "mass shooting". FBI data is based on 3 or more people, and seems to have shot up in 2013 because the basis was changed in 2012 to be 3 or more people while congress the next year wanted to change it to 4 or more people except when money was involved, so if say it was a drug deal or robbery than it wouldn't be a mass shooting.
Different television networks also have different definitions of "mass shooting" some which need victims to die, some which need casualties, but not deaths, some which will or won't count if money is involved. Unless you're referencing FBI data I'd take any of it with a grain of salt, still, if there's a murder/suicide and one other person gets mixed up in it, that's a mass shooting.
in my opinion the best way to fight them would be stronger communities, people with things to gain and lose are less likely to go off on nihilistic cliffs like that.