Poll: Americans blame mental health more than guns for mass shootings

By Richie Malouf | The Center Square

Americans blame mental health issues for mass shootings more than access to firearms, a new poll shows.

Rasmussen Reports released the poll Tuesday, which found “40% of likely U.S. voters believe mental health is more to blame for mass shootings by young men in America,” whereas 30% blame “access to firearms.”

After two recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and another at an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the issues surrounding gun control and school security have become the center of national discourse.

Democrats have largely focused on pushing for new gun control measures while many Republicans have pointed to mental health problems, arguing proposed gun control laws would not stop criminals.

Other issues take some of the blame as well.

According to the poll, 10% “think family problems are more to blame for mass shootings,” while another 10% “blame social media.”

“Only four percent (4%) think school problems are more to blame,” the report said.

The national survey of 1,000 people was conducted May 25-26. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

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3 thoughts on “Poll: Americans blame mental health more than guns for mass shootings

  1. Two things have changed, starting about 60 years ago:
    -people who have been determined to be a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness are rarely institutionalized.
    -The “Great Society” programs have significantly dismantled the concept of the nuclear family by attempting to substitute a welfare check for a father.
    Violent, prolific video games over the last 30 years have not helped either. More recently, the social isolation from the pandemic lockdowns have driven some youth over the edge.

  2. How about we stop creating mentally ill people?

    How’s this stress trying to survive in this day and age making you feel lately?

  3. EXACTLY Mental health not guns, guns don’t kill people, people with mental problems
    kill people. Only a brain deficient leftist couldn’t see that fact.

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