Social Media Responds To Mental Illness & Mass Shooting Claims

Writing in Happiful Magazine recently, Bonnie Evie Gifford says:

“Blaming mental illness for gun violence in our country is simplistic and inaccurate and goes against the scientific evidence currently available. As we psychological scientists have said repeatedly, the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are not violent, and there is no single personality profile that can reliably predict who will resort to gun violence.”

“Last weekend, two mass shootings took place in the US. In the space of just 13 hours, 31 people were killed by two shooters. 22 people lost their lives in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, whilst nine died in a busy nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio. Investigators currently seeking answers have said that the Ohio shooting showed ‘no indication’ of radical motive, though evidence has suggested the shooter explored ‘violent ideologies’.

While many citizens and politicians have called for gun reforms, others, including President Trump, have blamed mental illness, video games, and social media for America’s rise in mass shootings. In a recent speech, Trump said ‘mental illness and hatred pull the trigger – not the gun.

Former US President Barack Obama was amongst those opposing such beliefs, as he took to Twitter to share his thoughts …”

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