Mass shootings: Don’t blame mental illness; blame men

Mass shootings: Don’t blame mental illness; blame men
Terrified victims flee the 1 Oct 2017 shooting massacre on the Las Vegas Strip. (Image: Screen grab of amateur video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Well: blame the extraordinarily few men who commit them. It’s called criminal justice.]

[A]s we begin a new year, it’s time to have a more nuanced discussion about what might really be to blame for the trend of mass shootings in America—as well as the gun violence epidemic more broadly. No, it isn’t mental illness. It’s gender. If we want to stop the problem of mass shootings, we need to fix the problem of toxic masculinity. …

Men don’t just constitute almost all mass shooters in recent history; they are also responsible for the vast majority of gun-associated deaths in the country. Men own guns at triple the rate of women in the U.S., at 62 percent compared to 22 percent—and also commit suicide at nearly triple the rate of women. Eighty-nine percent of murder-suicides are committed by men…

[B]eing a male is often listed as one of the top two predictive risk factors for committing serious violence in peer review papers on the topic—more than any mental health diagnosis.

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