Jim Hartmann: Mass Shootings: Young Men, Guns, and Mental Illness

Jim Hartmann

Jim Hartmann

The Might 24 bloodbath of 19 kids and two of their academics at Robb Elementary College in Ovaldi, Texas, sparked outrage and indignation from many — and grief amongst us all.
The profile image of the bowler, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is frustratingly acquainted.
Ramos was a lonely teenager from a dysfunctional household. He was bullied as a baby, and immersed himself in different video video games and digital actuality. He fought together with his mom and alluded to violence.
This historical past is just like the profile of different younger mass murderers.
The 2018 Parkland gunman commonly posted violent and threatening photographs, and his classmates later instructed investigators that if there had been a taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College, they thought it could be him.
The shooter behind the Might 14 racist assault in Buffalo particularly instructed his classmates that he wished to commit homicide/suicide after commencement.
There have been comparable warning indicators of mass murderers from Sandy Hook to Aurora — and in Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Thousand Oaks, Tucson and Sutherland Springs.
As after every of those earlier atrocities, there’s a common demand to “do one thing” about gun violence. However it’s simpler stated than carried out to establish achievable steps to scale back the potential of future massacres.
President Biden referred to as for “frequent sense” weapons reforms with out specifics. “It has been some time since motion, what sort of motion,” former President Obama wrote on Twitter.
Each simply demonize the Republicans and the “gun foyer”.
This name to “motion, any type of work” implies that something will do, even when it seems to be futile or counterproductive.
RAND Company, revered public coverage specialists — not sycophants of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation — carried out a 2018 analysis examine and didn’t discover a single gun management coverage that was confirmed to scale back mass shootings in the US.
Their report frankly concluded, “We discovered no eligible research exhibiting that any of the 13 insurance policies we studied diminished mass shootings.”
The 1994 ban on “assault weapons” really elevated gross sales of weapons just like the AR-15 rifles through the ban’s interval and skyrocketed when it was lifted in 2004.
A 2004 report by the Division of Justice discovered that “the consequences of bans on gun violence are prone to be small at finest and maybe too small to be reliably measured.” Congress let the ban fall with little debate that yr.
Are there “frequent floor” actions {that a} bipartisan majority in Congress can take to cease the mass shootings of troubled youth?
So-called purple flag legal guidelines that give police the facility to disclaim firearms to individuals who would possibly pose a hazard to society could also be useful, however they’re troublesome to implement. New York state has a purple flag legislation and the Buffalo shooter was referred for psychological counseling, and he nonetheless has a gun.
Nevada is one in every of 19 states to have a “purple flag” legislation handed alongside strict occasion strains in 2019. AB 291 permits a household, relations, or police to petition for a court docket order to confiscate weapons for as much as a yr.
Pink flag confiscation requests have been extraordinarily uncommon in Nevada. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo reported final yr that Metro had solely seen two requests for prolonged safety orders and neither had been dealt with by the state.
The prevalence of mass shootings displays issues deeper than gun legal guidelines can remedy.
Society must rethink our attitudes towards delinquent habits and psychological sickness.
Safety should be strengthened in faculties and church buildings.
The emergence of household dysfunction and the decline of establishments corresponding to church buildings and social organizations has penalties.
Hollywood motion pictures, tv, and video video games contribute to a pervasive tradition of violence that impacts our society in adverse methods.
Anybody who thinks gun legal guidelines will finish mass shootings in America will not be listening to our a lot bigger societal issues.
E mail Jim Hartman at lawdocman1@aol.com.