How can we help prevent mass shootings especially when connected to mental health?


There has been a lot of discussion surrounding mass shootings and its relationship to mental illnesses. As the number of mass shootings have risen exponentially in the past decade, there has been more focus on how it could be prevented and what to do in the future. Through this project, I hope to raise awareness about mental health, how it relates to mass shootings, and what can be done to help prevent tragedies like these from happening in the future.

The Problem

Although many people feel educated and knowledgeable about the past mass shootings that have gone on, many do not know about actions that need to be taken in order to make a change. The community needs to be educated on the actions and steps that can be taken. Through past research, it is shown that many, if not all, mass shootings could have been prevented. The graph above shows just three things that could have prevented the Parkland shooting from happening.

What to Look Out For

Red Flags of Mental Illness

No remorse, violent acts, history of social/ mental/ emotional disturbances, obsession with weapons, lack of ethics, no meaningful friends, high family dysfunction

How can we stop mass shootings in OUR commuities

There are many ways to get involved in this discussion. Some ideas and topics you can get involved in are:

  • Increased efforts to ensure that those who act violently and abuse firearms are quickly prosecuted and stripped of their weapons
  • Those with information relevant to triggering red-flag laws should act with urgency to effectuate those protections
  • Standardize and Enforce Gun Ownership Laws Across the Country. 
  • Fund the Federal Government Program to Perform 100% Background Checks.
  • Require Private Sellers to Run Background Checks on Potential Purchasers


By: Abby Carlton

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  1. April 26, 2019 by Aria

    Hi Abby!

    Thank you for sharing your work, I’m glad that you took the time to research ways to prevent such horrible events.

    I was wondering if there have been cases of shootings documented where the shooters did not have any of the warning signs that you listed above to look out for?

    • April 30, 2019 by Abigail.Carlton

      Hi! Thank you so much for your feedback! I did research cases of shootings where the shooters did not have a mental illness. Since I was taking abnormal psychology I chose to focus on this aspect of the topic, but there are many different ways to research it.

  2. April 29, 2019 by Isabella.Kemp

    Hi Abby! This is a topic that is very close to my heart, and probably to anyone who goes to school. It is a terrifying feeling to see all of these shootings happening and have our government watch and not reform our gun laws. It’s important that we all raise awareness and raise our voice the it comes to our safety, thank you so much for creating this presentation.

    • April 30, 2019 by Abigail.Carlton

      Hi! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my project and give me feedback. I am glad that you are aware and knowledgeable about this because it will help in the future.

  3. May 01, 2019 by Yoska.Guta

    Hi Abby,

    As someone who is currently in high school and has heard a lot about school shootings, both in my state (CA) and around the U.S., I can definitely say that your project was both informative and engaging. You addressed such a sensitive topic with so much care and concern. The fact that your blocks of text were not too big and straight to the point helped me stay engaged. I also really enjoyed learning from your interactive poll and graphics. The questions I have based on the two infographics you showed are this: where do you stand on teachers being allowed to have guns and what do you think we can do to minimize the percent of “unclear” or “unknown” cases regarding mental health signs? Overall, you did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed looking at your project!

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