Taking into account, the recent increase in mass shooting incidents across the US, House Representative Tim Murphy has claimed that mass shootings are not only caused by gun control violations. They are also the product of a faulty mental healthcare system, which he hopes to repair by enacting a bill which focuses on how mentally ill patients are being treated.
Even if gun control regulations have been revised in past years in order for gun ownership to be well-regulated throughout the US, a major side of the issue at hand is the mental condition of the people who engage in mass shootings.
The bill pushed by Rep. Murphy focuses on giving the people who are in charge of caring for the mentally ill almost absolute power when it comes to their regulation. Of course, this is extremely problematic and criticized by many, mainly due to the recent Kaufman incident. If this bill would have been in effect back in 2005 when the Kaufmans, Arland and Linda, they would have escaped the charges of abusing the mental patients who were in their care.
This proposition from House Rep. Tim Murphy does indeed have a good idea in it, which is mainly that mental care hospitals or similar facilities should be thoroughly investigated and regulated in the future, in order for similar abuse incidents to disappear.
But people should not dismiss gun control so easily when looking at the problem of mass shootings. This phenomenon is extremely complex and at its base reside two major factors. The first factor is a susceptibility to anger-induced outbursts and a very low self-control when faced with impulse driven decisions.
The other major factor is the relative ease in which someone can get a hold of a firearm. If one would compare the numbers regarding such incidents by separating people suffering from minor, like personality disorders, to major illnesses from those in a healthy mental state, the result would remain in balance, with no increase in the past years from one side while the other one remains behind.
Besides increased funds and regulations towards mental health treatments as well as facilities, especially to patients vulnerable to having extreme mental breakdowns, making them prone to violent acts, the right to bear arms should also be addressed. An increase in the severity of the process of attaining a firearm is advised by some people, pointing to the need of counterbalancing this right with a massive increase in responsibility.
Even if the bill focuses on the claim that mass shootings are not only caused by gun control violations but by mental health care problems, this does not in any fact mean that one should take the lead in the detriment of the other. Both of them need to be regulated accordingly.