Mental Health Scapegoated in US Gun Control Debates

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Mental Health Scapegoated in US Gun Control Debates

Post by justme » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:20 am

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/09/men ... ol-debates
After the horrific event of a mass shooting in the US, it takes time for details of the perpetrator to emerge. But without fail, their violent criminal record, any ties to radical extremism, the legality of weapons they used, and their mental health history are the first things scrutinized by the media, policy makers, and the general public.

However, one of these details is not like the others – mental health histories should not be linked to a propensity to commit a mass shooting. There is no evidence that indicates a person with a mental health condition is any more likely to participate in senseless violence than anyone else. In fact, people with mental health conditions are more than 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.

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Post by dancer_rnb » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:43 am

A lot of them seem to be a version of honor killing. Man goes to shoot his ex wife, girlfriend and/or their family, friends or coworkers.
There is no such thing as "politically correct." It's code for liberalism. The whole idea of "political correctness" was a brief academic flash-in-the-pan in the early 1990's, but has been a good conservative bugaboo ever since.

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Post by espritch » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:01 am

Gun rights advocates like to bring up mental health as the real problem any time there is a mass shooting in the U.S. But they never bother to actually do anything to improve mental health services.

They don't actually care about mental health; it's just a useful bit of misdirection to side track any kind of gun control debate.

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