A 10% gap splits the Junior class’s majority opinion about mass shootings, according to a poll conducted this spring by The Avonews staff.
Close to 36% pinpoint America’s Gun Culture, while 46.7% place the blame on Mental Health issues.
Jason Novosel added a thorough comment addressing all the options, including the 2% that blamed violent video games:
“I believe it is this because all shootings occur because of a culture in which we live in that revolves around security and gun violence. Also the other options don’t really apply as much. Mental illness is not included in every shooting but like one recently that people group as the biggest most recent before Texas. I don’t think video games that include guns are effective in this. I think they are effective in numbing the brain and making us used to these violent events but it doesn’t make people go out and do this or millions more would occur because of the mass number of people who play the franchise of games.”
Maya Kozop highlighted the copycat syndrome, stating,
I think that people at this point are just trying to make a name for themselves. In this situation, people are trying to make new history by killing as many people as possible. Yes there has to be something wrong mentally if you would even think of shooting children at school, but I also think they do it mainly for the attention.