Mass Shootings, Mental Health and 'Trans Ideology'

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The shooting at a high school in Perry, Iowa wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it was plenty bad as it was. One young life taken, others ripped apart due to the injures they sustained, it was bad enough.


But shootings like this often become true mass shootings.

As we learn more about the shooter in this case, we see parallels between this killer and the Nashville killer. Both were transgender, after all.

Yet most mass shooters aren’t.

However, as my friend Sarah Higdon points out, the trans hysteria we currently see around us may be playing a role in mass shootings.

While some media outlets have pointed out that the number of trans-identified mass shooters is a small portion of the community that commits these crimes, there is still a noticeable increase in events like this occurring with trans shooters, leading some to speculate that there may be a correlation between gender identity issues as a mental health condition and a propensity for violence.

While it is not clear as to what mental health treatments this shooter was undergoing or if he had gender dysphoria, the conversation got me thinking about issues that have been highlighted in the past about medical professionals, how they treat gender-questioning people, and how that could play into these instances.

Over the last couple of years, we have learned that many medical professionals are ignoring other mental health comorbidities and jumping to gender dysphoria as the cause of their issues.

Take detransitioner Prisha Mosley for example, she is currently suing her doctors and therapists for malpractice, fraud, and other abuse for encouraging her to transition. Mosley told National Review that she lived with psychotic major depression, ADHD, bipolar one and two, mania, crippling anorexia, and borderline personality disorder since she was 14 years old. Because of these issues, Mosley had a habit of cutting herself. She claimed on X, that the doctors helped her with her self-harm, by cutting her breasts off, instead of treating the underlying issues she had.

These are a few among many examples where we have heard about the medical industry failing to treat the root cause of mental distress in favor of focusing on a person’s identity issues. We have also heard many far-left Trantifa activists claim that trans people are experiencing genocide and that half the country wants them dead.

With the prevalence, it would be safe to assume that many serious mental health conditions left untreated, compounded with bullying and Trantifa activists claiming that half the country wants trans people dead, would result in one of these unwell young people committing an act of evil.

I want to be clear though, I don’t bring up these points to absolve the shooter of responsibility for the evil act he committed. He is solely responsible for his actions. I bring this up as a means to simply highlight that we have a mental health crisis in this country, and our mental health providers don’t seem providing the proper care with the proper focus to their patients, and it goes beyond gender identity issues.


Of course, I can hear some people now, accusing Sarah of transphobia. That’s absolutely hilarious to me. Why? Because Sarah is trans.

Yet her overall point here is that the trans ideology that has infected the mental health industry seems determined to push the idea that someone is trans rather than taking a moment to evaluate if they’re actually suffering from gender dysphoria or whether they’re suffering from something else.

As Sarah notes, we don’t know if the Perry shooter was undergoing any mental health treatment, but what we do know is that there’s a push to deny a mental health component to these kinds of shootings. The argument is that few, if any of these killers have been diagnosed with a major mental illness.

What we’re seeing here in this discussion is the possibility that the reason we don’t see that isn’t that mass shooters are mentally healthy but that the mental health professionals aren’t taking the time to diagnose these patients correctly and are, instead, hopping on the flavor of the month treatments.

In fact, as noted in the above-linked piece, SSRIs were a common treatment many previous mass shooters were undergoing. In fact, many attributed mass shootings to SSRIs themselves, which is unlikely, but understandable considering how often people taking them decided to slaughter innocent people.

Look, gender dysphoria is a thing. I don’t pretend to understand it, but I don’t understand a lot of other conditions, either. My understanding doesn’t change the nature of the thing.


But gender dysphoria requires a diagnosis.

What I’m terming as trans ideology basically makes the case that requiring a diagnosis for gender dysphoria is wrong, possible transphobic, and people should be able to make that call for themselves. More than that, mental health professionals should be so affirming that they never question whether someone has other issues going on that may make them question their identity.

Yet an untreated mental illness of any kind can be a ticking timebomb. Especially if people are being so “affirming” that they don’t bother to dig any deeper into someone’s issues. I can’t help but think that coupling that kind of instability with hormone therapy is just a recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately, we’re not likely to get answers. The mental health industry is firmed dedicated to not asking these sorts of questions, which means we’ll never know whether there’s any validity to them or not.

Instead, they just want to take our guns and pretend it’s for our own good, all while ignoring their own patients “own good.”

What I do know, though, is that for as long as these so-called professionals take the easy way out–whether it’s just slapping everyone on SSRIs or declaring everyone trans–we’re going to keep seeing these kinds of shootings at an alarming rate.

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