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Mass Killings Gun Violence in America
P1: Assault weapons have been used in a number of mass shootings.
P2: Perpetrators of mass shootings can be linked to untreated mental illnesses.
P3: Guns are a threat to civilians in the private sector especially in low income neighborhoods.
P4: Mental illness is a common factor in gun violence.
C: Therefore, mentally ill individuals with the accessibility to assault weapons are to threat to the safety of civilians.
The first premise is showing a trend of assault weapons being used in mass shootings. There are plenty of examples of mass shooting using assault weapons. Just to name a few, Fort Hood in 2009/2014, Washington Navy Yard, Virginia Tech University, and Capitol Hill shootings. Just as in the case of Nidal Hassan, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter. He used the most technologically advanced pistols one the most power pistols with a laser sights and high power magazines. He fired over 200 shots before he was fatally wounded and subdued. One thing all of these shootings have in common is that the shooter used an assault type of weapon to gun down a large number of victims.
The second premise is linking mental illness to mass shootings. “Reports suggest that up to 60% of perpetrators of mass shootings in the United States since 1970 displayed symptoms including acute paranoia, delusions, and depression before committing their crimes” (Metzl & MacLeish, 2015). Looking at the cases of the shooters in the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Colorado movie theaters shooters. Adam Lanza was diagnosed with schizophrenia and James Holmes displayed acute paranoia, delusions and depression prior to committing their crimes. Due to patient privacy protected by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws, psychologist cannot disclosed the patient medical conditions to anyone unless the display an immediate danger to themselves or others. In some of these cases the perpetrator are most likely to not be treated for mental illnesses that plague them for years.
The third premise has to do with America’s obsession with guns. According to a report published by the FBI the number of active shooters incidents have risen dramatically. From 2000- 2006 there was an average of 6.4 active shooter and rose to 16.4 from 2007-2013. Another grim statistic is that 6 of 12 deadliest shooting ever in the United States happened during that same period. Lastly, the Harvard Injury Control Research Center states there is substantial evidence that indicates more guns relates to more murders.
The fourth premise is addressing mental illness in the wake of gun violence. Scholars who study violence prevention contends that the shootings that occur exceeds the statistical modeling and predictability. This spike in violence is due to persons classified as mentally ill. These people are high risk for violence because of untreated mental illnesses and psychotic episodes.
In closing, assault weapons are used by mentally ill perpetrators in mass shootings can be linked to untreated mental illnesses while guns are a threat to civilians in low income neighborhoods. Therefore, mentally ill individuals with the accessibility to assault weapons are to threat to the safety of civilians.
CA1: In mass shootings, handguns far exceeds assault weapons as the weapon of choice.
CA2: Accidents pose a bigger risk to civilians than guns.
CA3: Most mentally ill people are non-violent.
CA4: Mentally ill individuals are more likely to commit petty crimes not gun violence.
CAC: Therefore, handguns, and accidents are bigger threats to civilians than mentally ill individuals because they are generally non-violent.
The counterargument to the first premise has to deal with handguns deaths far exceeding the number deaths in mass shooting with assault weapons. The American Journal of Criminal Justice found that in 202 of 437 cases that handguns where used during mass shootings compared to 104 assault type weapons (Agnich, 2015). So this proves the point banning assault weapons will not decrease mass shootings.
The counterargument to the second premise is majority of mentally ill people are non-violent. According to the US Department of Health and Human Service estimate that only around 3-5% of violent act are committed by people living with a mental illness. A number of studies show that mentally ill people are more likely to be the victim of violent crimes. That dispels the myth that mentally ill individuals are linked to mass shootings.
The counterargument to the third premise has to do with the fact that more people die from accident than guns. According to National Vital Statistics reports provided by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), in 2010 there 31,672 deaths by gun compared to 120,859 deaths by accidents (Murphy, Xu & Kochnek, 2013). In addition to that gun deaths did not even make the top 15 list for cause of deaths in that year. So if is safe to assume that a person will more likely die from an accident rather than gun violence.
The counterargument to the fourth premise is that mentally ill persons are committing petty crimes not violent. In today’s society due to untreated mental illnesses many jails all over the country are fill with these types of individual. Many of them start of committing nuisance crimes such as trespassing, public urination and minor offenses. The American Psychiatric Association researchers state, “the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses” (Mulvey, 1994). Therefore it is unlikely that mentally ill person will commit a violent crime using a firearm.
To recap my counterargument, handguns far exceeds assault weapons as the weapon of choice and accidents pose a bigger risk to civilians than guns. Most mentally ill people are non-violent and are more likely to commit petty crimes not gun violence. Therefore, handguns, and accidents are bigger threats to civilians than mentally ill individuals because they are generally non-violent.
Agnich, Laura. A Comparative Analysis of Attempted and Completed School-Based MassMurder Attacks. American Journal of Criminal Justice. March, 2015. P. 1-22. ProQuest. URL: http://search.proquest.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu
Metzl, Jonathan & MacLeish, Kenneth. Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms. Framing Health Matters. February, 2015. Vol. 102, No. 2, p.240-249. Ashford Library. URL: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/eds/pdfviewer/
Mulvey, E. P. Assessing the evidence of a link between mental illness and violence. Hospital and Community Psychiatry. 1994 Vol 45, p. 663-668. URL: http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/facts_violence.php
Murphy, Sherry. Xu, Jiaquan. Kochanek. Deaths: Final Data for 2010. National Vital Statistics Reports,Vol.61, No.4, May 8,2013. URL: http://
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