Mental health and gun control debate at forefront amid mass shootingsPosted: Updated:
Gun advocates and mental health professionals have a differing opinion when it comes to the complicated conversation of firearms in America.
Amid two recent mass shootings, experts in Westchester on both sides of the debate are weighing in on what is fueling the problem.
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people and it's very cliché and everybody uses it, but it's the truth," says Ben Rosenshine, CEO of Blueline Tactical Supply.
Health experts are urging society to look deeper.
"Hate is not a mental health issue," says Michael Orth, the Mental Health Commissioner of Westchester County. "In three-quarters of the school shootings that we have data for nationally, there tends to be a profile of individuals who have experienced trauma, who feel bullied and who have isolated themselves."
Orth describes the profile of mass shooters as young people who the community has sort of removed any sort of responsibility for. Orth says the individuals are often isolated through suspension, so the person is not connected.
The shooters in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have been described by law enforcement officials as individuals who had feelings of rejection and loneliness.
The NRA issued a statement that says in part, "It has been the NRA's long-standing position that those who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others should not have access to firearms and should be admitted for treatment."
Gun advocates like Rosenshine say the gun only hurts others when it's in the wrong hands.