There have been a shocking number of mass shootings in the United States in recent years. The American Sociological Association reported via Newswise in an article released from embargo on Aug. 23, 2015, that the United States has 5 percent of world’s population but the nation had 31 percent of its public mass shooters in the world between the years 1966 and 2012. New research shows the United States has been the attack site for a disproportionate percent of public mass shooters internationally over the years.
According to the 2007 Small Arms Survey the United States, Switzerland, Yemen, Finland, and Serbia are ranked as the leading 5 countries in firearms which are owned per capita. Each of these countries is ranked in the top 15 countries in public mass shooters seen per capita. Study author Adam Lankford, who is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama, says this is not a coincidence.
Lankford’s study used data from the the FBI’s 2014 active shooter report, New York City Police Department’s 2012 active shooter report, and various international sources. This has been the first quantitative analysis of all reported public mass shootings internationally that resulted in four or more people being killed. Lankford said this study provided empirical evidence that a country’s civilian firearm ownership rate is the strongest predictor of the number public mass shooters in the country.
There are over 200 million more firearms in circulation in the United States than any other country. Not surprisingly public mass shooters in the United States are more likely to arm themselves with multiple weapons than foreign mass shooters. Mass shooters in the United States have been found to be more likely to attack in schools, office buildings, and factories/warehouses than shooters in other countries. Lankford says the most obvious implication of this study is that the United States could probably lower its number of school shootings, workplace shootings, and public mass shootings in other places if it decreased the number of guns which are in circulation.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International has reported that many mass shooters have been under the influence of psychiatric drugs. A minimum of 35 school shootings and/or school associated acts of violence have been committed by people taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. There have been scores of people wounded and killed by people who taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.
Nevertheless the psychiatrists continue to carelessly and dangerously use their trendy labels such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder without any scientific basis for these diagnoses. The psychiatrists are also continuing to carelessly prescribe their poisonous arsenal of psychiatric drugs often with the help of judges to enforce their so called treatments even though as the Citizens Commission on Human Rights reports 22 international drug regulatory agency warnings have cited side effects from these drugs which include mania, violence, psychosis and even homicidal ideation. Clearly psychiatrists are right at the heart of the tragic problem of increased violence in the United States and worldwide.