This goal of this paper is to establish and prove that the main issue behind the seemingly incessant mass shootings in the United States is not the mental health issues that the country faces. Many other countries face parallel issues with mental health yet none of them have statistics that can compare to the number of mass shootings that occur in the United States on a sickening basis. The leniency in America on gun control legislation is very much to blame for the epidemic of gun violence taking the country by storm. So, therefore, even though the United States has an abundantly clear issue with the stigmatizing mental illness, the real problem at the root of mass shootings is the accessibility of assault weapons and the leniency of gun control legislation.
As far as research goes, I plan to delve into the difference between gun control laws in the United States and other similar countries. I will also be researching the number of firearm-related deaths in the United States as opposed to other countries while also comparing that to the population since the United States is an incredibly populated country. I am looking to distinguish a clear pattern between the lack of legislation regarding gun control and the number of mass shootings in the United States.