The Real Cause of Mass Shootings and Why Gun Control Will Never Work

The Real Cause of Mass Shootings and Why Gun Control Will Never WorkWritten by Andrew Puhanic

There has been considerable debate throughout the United States whether the government should enforce more stringent gun control policies on ordinary citizens.

Due to the recent mass shooting in the Aurora movie theatre, the globalists and opponents of gun ownership and the second amendment in the United States have capitalized on the emotion of a grieving nation to push their false agenda.

People deceptively blame guns as the root cause of mass shootings such as the one in the Aurora movie theatre and Port Arthur Australia to push their brainwashed ideological agenda that guns kill people.

The cause of these devastating mass shootings is not how easily accessible guns are, but rather that they are the direct result of a lack of adequate mental healthcare and the glorification of violence.

Of the most recent mass shooting, the fundamental root cause can be attributed to mental illness and not the accessibility of fire arms. In a report commissioned by the United Nations in 2002, it was revealed that on average only 4.1% of total health budgets worldwide was spent on Mental Health.

Mental health budget as a proportion of the general health budget 2002

In 2011, the world health organisation publicized that average global spending on mental health was less than US$3 per person per year. In low income countries, expenditure can be as little as US$0.25 per person per year, according to the World Health Organisations Mental Health Atlas 2011.

In the United States alone between 2009 and 2011, most states cut $1.8 billion from their budgets for mental health services, according to a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The report also revealed that two-thirds of states significantly reduced spending for services on children and adults living with mental illness.

Even more shocking is that 5.6 million to 8 million Americans age 65 and older have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder.

With such low levels of funding for institutions, services and programs that treat mental illnesses, how can we expect to live in a safe world when people who need treatment are systematically ignored?

Therefore, arguments for more stringent gun control are deceptive because the root cause of all problems associated with guns is not being addressed.

Considering that the lack of funding and poor treatment of mental illness is the major contributing factor for most mass shootings, the glorification of guns in video games and the media must also be considered to be a contributing factor.

Think about it? People are meant to poses guns to protect themselves (or for sport), yet children as young as 5 years old are being exposed to guns in a manner by which makes them fun and entertaining.

95% of children and young adults who play video games that are heavily violent understand that guns are dangerous and must be handled with care, however it’s the other 5% that don’t understand this simple message.

Parents who don’t teach their children how to respect guns and allow them to be desensitized by the violence and gore of video games should be made to realise the error of their ways.

FINAL REMARKS

Guns don’t kill people; people who are mentally unwell kill people.

The government and globalists would have you believe that more stringent gun control policies would reduce mass shooting episodes and make the world a safer place.

The truth is that more investment in mental health programs would reduce mass shooting episodes and provide the essential services people suffering from mental illness so desperately need.

Unfortunately, governments don’t want to invest the necessary resources into treating mental illness.Governments believe that investing in mental health won’t get them elected and instead would rather convince you that the only reason mass shooting occur is solely because of guns and nothing else.

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19 Responses to "The Real Cause of Mass Shootings and Why Gun Control Will Never Work"

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  2. Sam  August 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    And how about all the people who DON’T have mental illnesses that go around committing violent crimes? I agree that “some” offenders do suffer from mental illness, but some don’t, and to deduce these awful crimes to the mentally ill is presumptuous and inaccurate. Many mass murderers in our history did not have an illness, they simply got pissed at the world and decided to react. We need more than just an increase in mental health programs. What about people who work for 40 years for crappy pay and get laid off just before they can retire, thereby eliminating any retirement benefits? I can definitely see how that might push someone over the edge. Good start and thought provoking, but there is far more to crimes such as the one in Aurora, that makes reducing the root cause of crime to illness, really dangerous.

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    • Anon  August 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      If you can get pissed off to the extent that you go around killing people, then your probably suffering from depression or some sort of anxiety. Rational thinking people don’t commit these sorts of crimes.

  3. Megs  August 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Also I am curious about situations involving mental health patients that refuse medication.. Many medications that are used to control symptoms of MH disorders are riddled with side effects that deter the patient from complying with medication.
    There are several sources of evil in this world, some times we just have to accept that we can’t control everyone. People need to be EDUCATED, not just medicated to accept mental health as ‘normal’ state of being. If people are raised and taught to respect human life/nature above all other things, then they will be consciously aware that mass murder is inherently wrong.

    Don’t get me wrong, I agree with your stance on mental health being ignored in horrifying numbers, but it’s not easy to control individual people. Much easier to control a mentally unhealthy mass of people…

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  4. bobbledeboop  August 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    this article brings up a very important point, however to deny that a murder committed with a firearm is not directly connected to the availability of said firearm is pretty delusional. It may be the crazy people as you basically label them that do the killing rather than the gun picking itself up, but the gun is still the weapon of choice. Guns kill humans quickly and efficiently; if the guy in Aurora had run into the cinema with some kind of bludgeoning tool or a blade, people would have had time to run, resist, and police or security would have got there in time. Also the fact that guns are so readily available obviously contributed to his initial decision or thought pattern-“i want to kill a lot of people…people congregate all throughout the day in cinemas….what would be the best way to pull this off, with the least effort and time?….using a semi-automatic assault rifle? I can buy one at the store! or use one that I already bought in the past with ease! great!”. States and the government have to learn the obvious lessons from these tragic events.

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    • Xtine  August 5, 2012 at 1:52 am

      If a person is already planning to murder a group of individuals, they are going to find any means possible to carry out their task. Whether or not “guns” are available, this will not stop them there. There are many ways, and will always be, as long as there is hate and killing to begin with. Our fists are just as much a weapon as a gun. Just different ways to usethem.

  5. Nicola  August 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I find it interesting that you refer to Port Arthur in Australia as evidence of mass shootings and not the many others that occurred in your own country. The Australian govt implemented rigid gun ownership laws ‘buying back’ semi automatic weapons. Australia has not had another incident.

    As for people who kill people having mental illnesses, that is simply not true and it is a very dangerous assertion which could potentially lead to the victimization of another minority group.
    There is no causal link between violent crime and mental illness.

    Mass murderers are usually killing for two reasons, to back power and control after their victimization, and to cause pain and suffering to those who have hurt them. We live in a society that thrives on bullying and abuses of power, and until these issues are addressed, mass murders will continue to happen.

    I am disappointed True Activist, it seems your playing right into the hands of the propaganda machine, who will use this young persons mental illness as the reason for these murders to reassure a panicked population, rather than addressing the social and economic abuses that your country thrives on and that has led to this situation over and over again. When are you going to start listening to your children? Look at what they’ve been saying since Columbine. Oh my goodness. You have an entire generation of children raised, not by their parents who were too busy working, but by TV and video games, these are the REAL issues.

    I hope you take this article down.

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  6. Nicola  August 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Rational people kill all the time, we call them crimes of passion, where a supposedly rational people kill someone in the heat of the moment. And rational person can have a break with reality, that’s why the neighbors never saw it coming with their ‘he was so always so quiet’ comments.

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  7. Sandy  August 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Guns are not innocent bystanders at a shooting. Saying guns had nothing to do with a shooting spree is no different than saying the atomic bomb didn’t kill people at Hiroshima! Get real!

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  8. Brendan  August 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I feel this is just a power play by government to disarm the public in case they want to introduce a police state later on. Also, mass shootings are caused mostly by our current socio-economic paradigm of relentless competition. We are a cooperative species by nature, which is how we have survived this long. Competition requires a certain lack of empathy for those we compete against and, in extreme cases, can lead to violence. Hence, mass shootings are encouraged by our current society.

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  9. Kristin  August 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

    This is ridiculous. There are many factors involved as to how/why this happens. Serious lack if mental health care funding is a big on yes, as is a corrupt media creating widespread fear. But an unwell, fearfulperson without a gun is a safer one.

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  10. Midnightaspirin  August 5, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Dear brendan. Cooperation? no, we are not a cooperative species by nature, maybe to those we consider our equals, or “our people”, but no, humans are by nature very corrupt and destructive. Please, do not confuse me with someone with anger, im just saying this because history shows other wise. When the british went to north america and met the native indians, “cooperation” didnt happen. When spaniards and portuguese went so south and central america, “cooperation” didnt just pop up by any means. Africans? Asians? its all the same story. Religion, color, culture, beliefs, and many of those things that make us a unique and rich species, are the same issues we kill, hate, and discriminate each other. If our nature was as cooperative as you say, the world wouldnt be such caotic, dangerous, and cold as it is today. Burst that bubble.

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    • Jean Lapaix (@Neo590)  August 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

      By that same logic, if our nature was as corrupt and destructive as you say, human beings would’ve gone extinct long time ago. There is no particular behavior that is natural otherwise you’d see it occur almost 100% of the time. Greed, crime, poverty, and war are based on competition which in turn is based on scarcity, not human nature.

  11. Will Moore  August 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-most-meaningless-arguments-against-gun-control/
    Although I agree with everything said about the inadequacies of the healthcare system, I also strongly believe that gun control makes the difference here. A prime example is the gun control laws implemented by the Australian government after the Port Arthur massacre, there have been no such incidences since. There is no better proof.

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  12. Cedars Liban  August 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Guns do kill people! Very simple equation:
    Crazy person + guns/bullets does not equal crazy person+ knife!
    You can’t honestly tell me that without guns, you’d still have the same number of casualties… With a gun you have a killing reach within a 200 foot radius compared to a knife, which gives you like a 4 foot reach radius…..

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  13. Brendan  August 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Midnightaspirin. We compete and fight with each other because we have been taught to do so by the culture(s) we live in. This comptitive attitude is so ingrained in western cultures and many others that we tend to attribute it to ‘human nature’. However, cultures such as Native Americans had very cooperative cultures until they made contact with more competitive/warlike cultures. They had to become violent in order to defend themselves and their land from those who would seek to take it from them. There are many cultures throughout the world today which shun competition. If it were ‘human nature’ or inevitable, this would not be possible.

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  14. Arron  August 6, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Take away the guns of the law abiding citizen the criminals that murder will keep theory unregistered guns, the illegal weapons trade will not stop it will not do ypu any good to ban guns

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  15. milly  August 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This article stinks! There is a reason why people don’t go round killing each other with spoons its because guns can do the job quickly and efficiently… Guns are made for no other reason only to kill!

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  16. yankee_rose  August 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

    people who are mentally ill experience lots and lots of anguish, invisible agony, and it all happens between their ears. There are so many different types of mental illness, of anxiety and depression and bi-polar and schizophrenia and OCD and so on and so on. But I find that some of the most loving and nurturing and understanding and intelligent and sensitive people I know are ones who have talked to me about their very excruciating battles with depression and other mental illnesses you know? Not once did they suggest mass shootings as a possible antidote to the pain. they did mention compassion and empathy, understanding and charity etc as possible antidotes though.

    Computer games is not a reasonable argument either. There is no established research and even if there was research, there would be an infinite amount of variables that researchers would have to try contain in order to get any credible result. I mean your dealing with everything from developmental psychology to neuroscience to what the kid had for breakfast which would influence their decision on whether or not to kill 10 people today. For instance, I played counter-strike religiously from when I was 11 till 17, the worst thing I did probably was rage quit and hit my keyboard a couple of times when I got instabinked from some noob–to this day I’ve never seen a gun nor considered using one. In fact, I’m terrified of them the same way most people are terrified of spiders.

    And you repeat that ubiquitous saying – ‘guns dont kill people, people kill people’

    but you’ve just replaced that with .

    ‘guns don’t kill people, computer games which kids play from a young age which have an emphasis on violence kill people’

    and

    ‘guns don’t kill people, the lack of funding into mental health kills people.’

    instead of going into all this abstract nonsense –just admit that guns had a part in the aurora shootings. I’m not saying that these guns were sentient and controlled the shooters volition, I’m just saying that they were instrumental in maximizing the violence and death on that day. Even if you think one persons mental health is all to blame, without a gun, what danger does that pose to society?

    I mean you must accept that that the reason those people died was because bullets via some chemical-dynamo-explosion in the gun released a missile capable of penetrating the human flesh damaging organs and arteries thereby compromising the stability of their bodies most fundamental structures (whether it be breathing, or blood circulation or heart beat or brain function) which caused them to die eventually.

    and therefore, i want you accept that ‘guns don’t kill people, but the bullets that leave the barrels of the guns definitely cause serious harm to people, and sometimes do kill people’.

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