I believe that this will be the last of my re-posting of op-eds on the gun debate…..I was hoping that these would generate some interest in the debate and how it could be moved forward especially this year with all the shooting deaths that have made the news……but I was mistaken.
So to conclude this series I would like to post on the gun myths that seem to always pop up during times of conversation following mass shooting ( a never ending cycle)……..
Following gun violence tragedies, familiar myths get recycled and recirculated—myths that distract from effective solutions and create smoke screens around the essential problem: We’re more interested in protecting sellers and buyers of guns than in protecting the public, says Daniel Webster, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions.
Below, read about some of the myths surrounding the issue of gun violence in America and what can be done to reduce it.
Myth: Urban homicides falsely inflate U.S. gun death statistics.
“The common trope is that places like Baltimore or Detroit or Chicago are the reason we have so many gun deaths in this country,” said Cassandra Crifasi, the center’s director of research and policy, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “And yes, those places … have unacceptable rates of gun homicides. But the places with the highest rates of death are not Maryland, Michigan, and Illinois. They are Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming, Missouri, and Alabama.”
The fact is, Crifasi says, the places with weak gun laws have higher rates of death.
“More people died from guns in Texas than Illinois, when suicide and accidental shootings are included,” she added.
Myth: Mass shootings like the ones in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, are the result of mental health issues.
While motives in the Uvalde massacre are still unknown, “increasingly, we are seeing people who are frustrated, angry, and hateful and using firearms take that out on a particular group,” Crifasi told MarketWatch.
But there’s a distinction between this and a diagnosable mental health issue. It’s also dangerous and irresponsible to link gun violence and mental health, Crifasi warns. For one thing, mental health issues are far more common than mass shootings: More than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fixating on motives and the mental health of those who perpetuate violence distracts from more actionable approaches to reducing gun violence, Crifasi said.
Not to worry my friend….there are more….
Sadly this debate will never end….with lies, accusations and misinformation it is destined to keep any solution from every being really considered.
Maybe the next generation will find common ground for a true conversation…..
I will not hold my breath!
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