Analysis: Mental illness, no link to gun violence

Let's Talk About Mental Illness

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President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun control.
A mental health expert tells the Associated Press “the claim that gun violence is a direct effect of mental illness is a knee jerk reaction that is both inaccurate, it’s simplistic.”
Jim Diaz-Granados, Deputy CEO of the American Psychological Association says “this as a public health issue and we have methodologies to address public health issues and we should be applying that methodology to this problem.”
Diaz-Granados says “The data just does not support making a connection between mental illness and gun violence.”
Trump told supporters at a rally in New Hampshire that he wants to reopen mental institutions across the country, but did not provide details on his proposal.
He said: “We will be taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets so we won’t have to worry so much about them. A big problem.” He added, “There are seriously ill people and they’re on the streets.”
Trump said that what he won’t allow after those shootings are any measures to make it harder for “law-abiding” people to “protect themselves.”
Diaz-Granados said: “The idea that we would you know commit people that have mental disorders because they’re a threat to society is again simply stigmatizing and not really addressing the problem of gun violence.”

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