How can we help prevent mass shootings especially when connected to mental health?
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding mass shootings and its relationship to mental illnesses. As the number of mass shootings have risen exponentially in the past decade, there has been more focus on how it could be prevented and what to do in the future. Through this project, I hope to raise awareness about mental health, how it relates to mass shootings, and what can be done to help prevent tragedies like these from happening in the future.
Although many people feel educated and knowledgeable about the past mass shootings that have gone on, many do not know about actions that need to be taken in order to make a change. The community needs to be educated on the actions and steps that can be taken. Through past research, it is shown that many, if not all, mass shootings could have been prevented. The graph above shows just three things that could have prevented the Parkland shooting from happening.
What to Look Out For
Red Flags of Mental Illness
No remorse, violent acts, history of social/ mental/ emotional disturbances, obsession with weapons, lack of ethics, no meaningful friends, high family dysfunction
How can we stop mass shootings in OUR commuities
There are many ways to get involved in this discussion. Some ideas and topics you can get involved in are:
- Increased efforts to ensure that those who act violently and abuse firearms are quickly prosecuted and stripped of their weapons
- Those with information relevant to triggering red-flag laws should act with urgency to effectuate those protections
- Standardize and Enforce Gun Ownership Laws Across the Country.
- Fund the Federal Government Program to Perform 100% Background Checks.
- Require Private Sellers to Run Background Checks on Potential Purchasers
By: Abby Carlton