Gun Violence Affects Children Mentally
Their mental and emotional health is also at risk without red flag laws
It's important to remember that victims of these tragedies are not limited to the dead or physically injured. Children can't often verbalize the emotional trauma of surviving a shooting but it does affect them mentally and emotionally. In “Mitigating the Effects of Gun Violence on Children and Youth,” James Garbarino and his colleagues point out that “children exposed to gun violence may experience negative short and long-term psychological effects, including anger, withdrawal, post-traumatic stress, and desensitization to violence.” While we tend to focus on the mental state of the attacker, we don't talk enough about the mental state of the survivors in the days, months, and years following an attack. Most people with a mental health illness, even post-traumatic stress disorder, are not violent. What certainly isn't helping these children is the continued glorification of guns and gun ownership in American society, television shows, movies, and video games. Some of these children are likely being re-traumatized without being able to express it. According to the Child Welfare League of America, the effects of gun violence on children is "very real...children and youth exposed to chronic trauma can experience inhibited brain development, producing a lasting impact on life outcomes." There is an "emotional overload" from having dealt with violence and it can sometimes cause children to have unchecked aggression through no fault of their own.
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