The killing of Alex Myers: mental illness and police. Sharon Myers was asleep in bed before 11 on the night of Easter Sunday when a loud boom woke her up.
Her mind a little foggy, she walked to her 23-year-old son's room. "Alex, what was that? " she remembered asking him. "Oh, Mom, I just dropped something," Alex said to her. "Go on back to bed. " She returned to her room and fell into an even deeper sleep. The next sound she heard was Honey, the Myers' 11-year-old miniature poodle, barking.
Again, with a sort of hazy awareness, Sharon got up to check on Alex. "I thought, 'Well, that's odd,'" Sharon later told The Indianapolis Star. After looking around downstairs, Sharon finally found Alex sitting on their front porch. "What are you doing? " "Mom, go back to bed," he said to her. She warned him that someone might call the police and asked him what he was doing. "I'm done, Mom. Sharon knew her son suffered from depression. "Somebody's going to call the police. " Guns and Suicide: Gun Violence and Mental Illness. This series has focused on one specific aspect of American gun violence: gun suicide.
Gun suicides account for the majority (61%) of all fatal shootings in America today. But gun suicides rarely receive attention in the American media or the halls of congress. Public mass shooting events - such as school shooting and theater shootings – do get a lot of media attention, though such mass shooting events are relatively rare and account for only a minor fraction of the over one hundred thousand Americans shot every year. Because of long-standing associations of suicide with psychiatric disorders, and because some of the public mass shooting events have been done by people diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, mental illness has taken a prominent place in public discussions of gun violence in America.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health (HBO) Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about.
The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames misogyny. Grieving father Richard Martinez blames guns. I think these answers are both right. But on their own they are not the whole story: Mental illness played an important part too. I've been troubled by commentators who seem to think that taking gun control and misogyny seriously means dismissing the role of mental illness in this crime. Why are all these important political issues being pitted against against each other? It's remarkable how dismissive and ignorant people can be when it comes to mental illness. Obviously mental health care is not a panacea. That is why I am hesitant about making severely sick people the poster children for widespread social evils, without adequate acknowledgement of the fact that they are severely sick.
Guns and Suicide: Gun Violence and Mental Illness. A Year of Indianapolis Gun Deaths. Crime, Guns, People From homicides to suicides, self-defense to police shootings, Marion County and Indianapolis gun violence claimed close to 200 lives last year. = Homicide = Suspect known/charged = Suicide = Handgun = Police action = Rifle or assault rifle = Self-defense = Shotgun January 1, 4:35 p.m.
White female 46, at home • 7600 block Orchard Village Dr., south side. Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings. By Amy Wolf | Dec. 11, 2014, 10:57 AM | Want more research news?
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter » In the shadow of the two-year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an extensive new study by two Vanderbilt University researchers challenges common assumptions about gun violence and mental illness that often emerge in the aftermath of mass shootings. Jonathan Metzl (Vanderbilt University) When a mass shooting occurs, there seems to be a familiar narrative that untreated mental illness is the primary cause for the terrifying act. But a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Dr. “Gun discourse after mass shootings often perpetuates the fear that ‘some crazy person is going to come shoot me,’” said Metzl, the study’s lead author.
Mentally ill not violent. How The Mental Health System Struggles To Prevent Mass Shootings. Dr.
Matthew Goldenberg, from the Yale University School of Medicine, discusses his Los Angeles Times op-ed on why the mental health system in the U.S. can't be relied on to prevent mass shootings. It seems that with every mass shooting, two debates reliably spring up - how the country should deal with guns and how it should deal with mental illness. Mental Health Again an Issue in Gun Debate. Photo WASHINGTON — Despite deep divisions that have kept Congress from passing new gun safety laws for almost two decades, there is one aspect of gun control on which many Democrats, Republicans and even the National Rifle Association agree: the need to give mental health providers better resources to treat dangerous people and prevent them from buying weapons.
Yet efforts to improve the country’s fraying mental health system to help prevent mass shootings have stalled on Capitol Hill, tied up in the broader fight over expanded background checks and limits on weapons sales. Now the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by a man who authorities say showed telltale signs of is spurring a push to move ahead with bipartisan mental health policy changes. The new debate over gun control is beginning to turn not on weapons or ammunition, but on the question of whether to spend more money on treating and preventing mental illness. “ is really the key to unlocking this issue,” Mr.