When to Discuss Mental Illness

My daughter’s blog


A disturbing trend within today’s society is the prevalence of high-profile shootings and our almost immediate assumption that mental illness must be involved. Some people argue that instead of discussing gun laws, we should instead be discussing mental illness. Regardless of our views on gun laws, this is a dangerous thought process. It uses the idea that mental illness is responsible for gun violence and mass shootings. While mental illness has played a part in several high-profile shootings, it has not played a consistent enough role to merit the demonic image that people often associate with mental illness. Nor is it consistent enough to merit the blame of mental illness whenever there are high-profile shootings. Only about 22 percent of mass killers – those who have caused the deaths of four or more people – have exhibited mental illness [1]. Besides this, mass shootings are not as commonplace as one…

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