Psi Beta Club explores brain chemistry in mass shootings
By Andrew Ayala
A correlation between mental illness and mass shootings exists, but the Psi Beta Club made it clear that it isn’t always the direct cause.
“Correlation does not imply causation. Just because two things happen at the same time, does not mean that those two things are related or one caused the other,” Bryant Horowitz, co-adviser of the Psi Beta Club said.
This was their rst meeting of thesemester and Horowitz said they wanted to discuss current events to keep things interesting and engaging for members.
Club officers presented a powerpoint in which they all voiced their opinions and gave factual evidence to back themselves up.
Statistics and pie charts of gun violence, suicide and mental illness were shown to give the audience numbers and an actual timeline of the events discussed.
They said that 96% of violence would still occur even if the U.S. eliminated the risk of violence related to major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia since it is caused by other factors.
A recent video where president Donald Trump blames video entertainment was shown. Nods were seen throughout the crowd as a recent video of Trump was shown where he can be heard pointing thenger for the shootings to all formsof entertainment and mentioning the death penalty. In the video, trump says “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.” This statement was a main point that the club addressed.
A study titled Longitudinal Effects of Video Games on Aggression in Japan and the United States says, “There is some evidence from television research that a focus on the pain and suffering of the victims of violence may reduce its harmful impact, whereas glamorizing the violent actions of attractive perpetrators may increase the harmful impact.”
“Society relies on the media so much, but the media has the freedom to amplify certain issues that I feel people that go through these traumatic events want something to blame,” said Karen Montes, President of the Psi Beta Club. “It’seasy for them to point their ngerat whatever the media is saying. People let their emotions get to them too easily. They need to do their own
research and inform themselves.” Throughout the presentation, theof cers encouraged people to goout of their way to get their news and for them to do deeper research when it comes to certain topics and sources. “In this era of fake news, one of the things that we really need is for our students all over campus to know what is real and what’s being said because they are being told tosay so, or in uenced by their bosses
(and emotions),” Horowitz said Mentions of Japan having a higher amount of video game consumptionallowed for club of cers pointing their ngers to certain gun laws the
U.S. has passed.
A study made in June by Isabel
M. Perera and Dominic A. Sisti shows that it is hard to correlate mass shootings and mental illness.
“Just because somebody is angry, they think that there is some sort of mental illness and they shoot a bunch of people or it’s a racial epithet or something like that and they put the two together. Then they say ‘one must have caused the other,’” Horowitz said.
“And then if we give somebody the label of mentally ill, what we’re doing is causing more stigmatization in society because you get a label. That label sticks with you.”