In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

July 21, 2014 4:29 PM

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In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness

Fear-mongering masquerading as informed concern is what most politicians and pundits do when it comes to the discussion of mental illness and dangerousness. The new focus on mental illness as the principal culprit behind gun violence is not only without merit, it is discrimination.

A handful of high-profile shootings America has turned the gun debate focus to mental illness. This is absurd. There are 10,000 homicides with a firearm every year in America. Only a small fraction of these are done by people who had mental illness as a factor. Over one recent weekend, more than 60 ...

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