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No Tie Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Aug 7, 2019

By Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University

President Donald Trump called for reform of mental health laws on the heels of two deadly shootings that claimed the lives of at least 31 people and left a grief-stricken country in disbelief.

The president, saying that “hatred and mental illness pulls the trigger, not the gun,” also called for better identification of people with mental illness and, in some cases, “involuntary confinement” of them.

These sentiments are similar to comments that Trump and a number of other politicians have made previously. For example, after the Parkland shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 — 14 of whom were students — Trump said he thought due process for mentally ill people was not as important as making sure that they do not have guns.

“I don’t want mentally ill people to be having guns. Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.

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2 comments on “No Tie Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence

  • An excellent, sensible article, with a solid range of dispassionate arguments. Everyone in America should read it, and even President Trump might manage to understand it. Report abuse

  • Eejit #1:

    “… and even President Trump might manage to understand it.”

    It should certainly be brought to his attention, that he might have a go at it. But it is over one page long . . . Report abuse

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