“Before coming out here
, we had a long discussion with law enforcement at all levels
,” said Abbott at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I asked the sheriff and others an open-ended question and got the same answer from the sheriff as well as from the mayor of Uvalde
. The question was
, what is the problem here
? And they were straightforward and emphatic
. They said
… ‘we have a problem with mental health illness in this community.
’ And then they elaborated on the magnitude of the mental health challenges that they are facing in the community and the need for more mental health support in this region.
The implication was clear
: The shooter was deranged
. And he was part of a broader mental health challenge facing Texas and the country
. (I’ll note here by way of context that Abbott cut $ 21 백만 from the department that oversees mental health in the state earlier this year.
And left unsaid, but clearly implied, was this: This slaughter was not really about guns.
Except that we know that’s not true.
Start here: To accept Abbott’s explanation that what happened in Uvalde was about mental health and not guns, you have to believe that the entire rest of the world doesn’t have mental health challenges.
왜? Because study after study has shown that school shootings
— much less the broader category of mass shootings
— are remarkably more common in the United States than in the rest of the industrialized world
. 에 따르면 CNN review from 2018
, there were at least
288 school shootings in the US in the previous
9 연령, 이었다 57 타임스 (not a typo
) more than other G7 countries combined
에 따르면 ㅏ 2017 연구 from Adam Lankford
, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama
, the US accounted for
31% of mass shootings globally between
1966 과 2012, despite having only
5% of the world’s population
If this were solely a mental health issue and not a gun issue, you would have to conclude that the US is uniquely affected by mental illness. It is not.
. 에 따르면 World Health Organization
, 위험한 멕시코 국경 마을의 범죄 증가로 주민들이 '불안'하게 느끼고 있습니다. TOM HOMAN 3.8% of the global population
— 280 백만명 — suffer from depression
. What about teenagers like the one who committed the murders in Uvalde
, it is estimated that
1 에 7 (14%) 10-19 year-olds experience mental health conditions
, yet these remain largely unrecognized and untreated
,” says WHO
The simple fact is that mental health challenges exist across the world, particularly amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has so fundamentally disrupted the way we live.
지금, consider this
: There were more than
393 million guns in the US as of
2017, according to the Small Arms Survey
. 그건, 대충, 120 guns for every
100 people in the country
. By way of comparison
, France had an average of
19 guns per
100 사복. India had five
The numbers are clear: Trying to blame mass shooting solely on the mental health crisis we have in this country badly misses the point. Which is not to say that we don’t have major issues with our collective mental health! We do! 그러나, we also have a problem with the proliferation of guns in this country. Those two facts don’t exist in a vacuum. They are inextricably linked.