Elite Universities Boost Professors Who Call for Gun Control in Wake of Shootings
“a gun culture fed by gun industry advertising”
Our supposedly greatest thinkers go directly to the left’s goal of gun control. So intellectually lazy.
Campus Reform reports:
Elite universities boost profs who call for gun control, dismiss mental health crisis
Several elite universities released Tuesday interviews with professors on the topic of gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. Each professor who was interviewed denied the possibility of mental health being a key factor in the desire to commit mass murder.
In an interview posted by Stanford University, Stanford Law professor John Donohue claimed there are mainly “two unique features” in America that cause gun violence.
The first, he says, is “a gun culture fed by gun industry advertising.” While, on one hand, Donohue asserts that this culture “allows troubled young men to marinate in a brew of toxic messages that guns will make them powerful and help address their perceived problems,” he dismisses the relevance of mental health to the issue.
“There is no reason to think that mental disturbances are more prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries,” he claims, before going on to describe the “toxic” culture in which young men are supposedly steeped.
The second factor to which Donohue points is “the availability of the high-powered weaponry that enables [young men] to kill large numbers of individuals very quickly,” adding that “efforts to demonize immigrants for political gain are almost certainly adding to the toxic brew.”
As such, Donohue took an authoritative stand against the “promiscuous and unregulated possession of firearms,” which he claims “leads to many socially harmful consequences.”
Harvard University featured a similar interview showcasing the opinion of its health policy professor David Hemenway, who, when questioned about mental health, did concede that “there are a whole range of things that could play a role in prevention,” citing factors like parenting, education, racism, and job opportunities.
Solutions centered around these factors, however, are not as “cost-effective” as those that “involve doing something about guns,” according to Hemenway.
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