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Is Addressing Psychosocial Factors Essential to Reducing or Preventing School Shootings?
Addressing psychosocial factors is essential to preventing school shootings.
While gun control efforts alone may *limit* access to guns, it is impossible to prevent one from being obtained by a possible school shooter, either by legal or non-legal means.
"Research demonstrates that eighty percent of perpetrators... had been socially excluded and were seen as outcasts".
"The Safe School Initiative report indicated that perpetrators in over three-fourths of the school shootings had either threatened or attempted suicide at some time in the recent past"
If psychosocial factors are not addressed, a disturbed individual may utilize other weapons (bombs, knives, etc) to commit similar crimes (see
Austin Serial Bombings
Anyone who could commit such horrific crimes must be suffering from psychosocial factors such as trauma, abuse, depression, personality disorder, etc.
Many American school children suffer from psychosocial issues (trauma, abuse, depression, etc) but do not commit mass shootings.
Addressing these factors deflects attention from the gun control narrative.
These factors exist within other countries that do not have mass school shootings.
Addressing these factors contributes to the stigma of the mentally ill being violent.
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