Americans are a very stressed out and temperamental lot (Netflix needs more instant viewing) and we’re increasingly losing our sh*t. The steady rise of gun massacres and tragic gun shootings is only compounded by the fact that our nation–and much of our Congress–is overrun with gun-fondling ammosexuals. If George Zimmerman proves anything, it’s that mental unstable people with anger issues should stay as far away from guns as possible. However, a new study found that more and more Americans with anger issues have easy access to guns.
To be more precise, nearly 1 in 10 Americans has a history of impulsive and angry behavior and ready access to guns, according to new research. More serious mental health issues that supposedly legally prevent someone from buying a gun, like involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, actually only make up an infinitesimal 4 percent of U.S. gun violence, according to the study’s author
“There is a potentially much larger group of individuals in our society who struggle with pathological impulsive and destructive anger that would not normally turn up as serious mental illness on a background check,” said Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C.
“The study of more than 5,600 adults found that 8.9 percent of them were admittedly short-fused people who had guns at home, which I would say is something of a wake-up call,” Swanson said. (CBS News)
Worse yet, around 1.5 percent of them also carried their guns outside the home, which makes the decision to flip off another driver all the more difficult. The fact is that Americans own upwards of 310 million firearms, according to background information in the study. And that’s just Ted Nugent. But seriously. that’s a pretty startling statistic. But even more startling is the fact that more than 306,000 people have died in a domestic setting as the result of a gun shot, according to Swanson’s study. And Swanson doesn’t think a quick fix to our mental health is the greatest solution.
“The idea that the solution is to simply fix our mental health care system to better identify serious mental illness is a little bit of a red herring,” said Swanson.(CBS News)
So long as guns aren’t treated as a public health issue, we can surely expect more and more deaths at the hands of people with anger issues.