Dr. Mitchell Storar and Dr. Hamid Tavakoli: Mental health has become a scapegoat for gun violence

Dr. Mitchell Storar and Dr. Hamid Tavakoli: Mental health has become a scapegoat for gun violence

Buy Now FILE – In this April 27, 2018 file photo, Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, looks up while in court for a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre is learning about what happened before, during and after the shooting, but perhaps even more importantly what didn’t happen. There are gaps in school programs and state gun and mental health laws, but they didn’t allow suspect Cruz to buy the semi-automatic rifle allegedly used in the February attack that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File) Taimy Alvarez THE CHILLING STATISTICS on mass shootings and fatalities in our schools are outpacing those in our military. The issue of gun control is ever more polarizing. However, the perennial question remains: How do we, as a nation, stop this from happening again? Our answers to this question are as tedious as the tragedy itself. On the one hand, there are calls to arm the public, to accept active shooters as a modern inevitability, and to train private citizens to react in these encounters with deadly force. On the other hand, there is a belief that preventing these appalling events is possible, in part, through tighter restrictions on guns. Both sides are firmly convicted of their beliefs, and both perceive a fundamental fallacy in those of their opponents. The divide here is a cultural one, and stalemate is inescapable. In our uglier moments, […]

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