9 percent of people with access to guns have anger issues
About 1 out of 10 adults in the U.S. with access to firearms also have a history of anger issues, according to a new study conducted in response to mass shootings being associated with mental illness. Additionally, 1.5 percent of anger-prone adults were found to carry firearms in public.
According to researchers from Duke, Harvard and Columbia universities, angry people with access to firearms are typically young or middle-aged men who lose their temper with outbursts of breaking things and getting into fights. These men also tend to be married and live outside of urban areas.
To conduct the study, researchers examined data from 5,563 interviews conducted for the National Comorbidity Study Replication, a nationally representative survey of mental disorders in the US in the early 2000s.
The findings, which are published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, found little association between serous mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and anger-prone participants with access to guns. The study did however find that angry people with gun access were at an increased risk of such conditions as PTSD and anxiety.
These findings suggest that current laws aren’t necessarily keeping guns from higher-risk people and that gun-buying restrictions might be more effective if they assessed a person’s previous violent offenses and past convictions of impaired driving, rather than focusing on mental health treatment history alone.