The blame centers on poorly designed psychology and psychiatry. Some people might want to blame the current social, societal, and cultural state of affairs. However, these mass tragedies are mainly symptomatic of a troubled mental health system intertwined with a sometimes-helpless justice system.
First step is to admit that the experts are wrong in the mental health professions. Second step is the totally restructure psychology and psychiatric treatment pertaining to potentially violent individuals. Involuntary treatment needs to be reconsidered for troubled youth and adults at threshold levels that put public safety as the top highest priority over the illogical and ill-reasoned people that are known as a threat to the people around them. Client centered treatment has missed the mark because the experts are asking our communities to accept the premise that people with an unstable mind can and should be the primary decision maker in treatment.
The above is the brief argument that you can comment on, however further down is a more expansive essay on the issues for those who have the time to read it...
For further discernment is the following:
The Guns Control vs Mental Illness Control dilemma that has been posited by many people is a fallacy argument. There are plenty of people walking around free with mental health diagnoses that are not receiving the treatment they need. Just look at the homeless population (as a small sample) who are people that the established experts would rather let stay out of institutions. These people are walking around without being required to be supervised, and they often end up in trouble and/or hurting innocent people.
The psychiatrists and psychologists have been negligent in appropriately getting the dangerously insane people committed. Much of the violence by these insane people was predicted by the sane people around them, and sometimes the threats were reported to the experts, but the mental health treatment needs were ignored for these known anti-social deviants who have lost touch with reality.
Much of the problem for the lack of putting these potentially dangerous mentally ill people away is because the pendulum has swung to far from the days when the crazy people were locked up and chained to walls etc. within insane asylums, to the present day where the experts want to allow the insane person to make a sane decision about committing themselves into treatment or NOT.
It is completely insane that the experts are asking an actively insane person to determine their own treatment. It is equally insane that the insane person is deemed to have no responsibility within the legal system for fatally harming people. The insanity plea is the biggest joke on innocent people who keep being harmed by the violent monsters who are out of their mind hallucinating.
There have been plenty of parents of adult children who have begged the authorities to do something about their child who has been exhibiting signs of destructive dangerous behavior, where no one would do anything until some innocent person is harmed.
Some people want to compare the USA against the UK on guns, violence, and homicides. The comparison has been offered up many times, but a lot of detail is often glossed over. I might want to mention first that there could be questionable reporting on the statistical percentages, but I’ll let that go. It is more significant to note that there is a high probability that mental instability or mental illness is under reported as the cause of many homicides in both the USA and UK.
The major difference between the USA and the UK on dealing with potentially violent people who have mental illness is striking. In the USA these individuals must first do the harm before they get the attention to be dealt with in most cases, whereas in the UK those mentally ill people who are obviously disposed to violence are dealt with more often before they harm someone.
In the USA there are approximately 356,000 mentally ill people in prison/jail, but only 35,000 mentally ill people are receiving treatment in hospitals. That is a 10-fold difference on who is getting treated before they have committed a crime rather than the opposite of not providing treatment beforehand (prevention) and before committing crimes. There are some estimates that say the USA population of mental illness is 3.3% but from that group they cause 10% of the homicides in the USA.
In the UK there are approximately 107,000 people with mental illness receiving hospital treatment of which 39% are detained involuntarily. The UK provides mental health treatment in hospitals to a higher percentage of their population than does the USA. That might correlate to prevention of the occurrence of violence committed by this population. There are as little as 70 cases in a year in the UK of homicides committed by someone who is deemed mentally ill.
Conclusion, the USA psychiatric/psychological policies for handling people who are violently mentally ill is broken, and has caused the enormous rise of harm by allowing too many violent psychotically diagnosed people to roam free among the innocent public. Some of these people are among the homeless population that walk the streets in many urban and rural communities. Gun violence will decrease in direct relation to an increase of mandatory psychiatric treatment (Psychiatric Institutionalization) in the USA, just as it has seemed to occur in the UK.