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American Psychological Association warns against ‘blaming mass shootings on mental illness’

“On Sunday, American Psychological Association President Rosie Phillips Davis issued a similar statement, calling mass shootings a public health crisis, and advocated for gun control.

“Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing. Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who are diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness,” Phillips Davis said.

“The rates of mental illness are roughly the same around the world, yet other countries are not experiencing these traumatic events as often as we face them. One critical factor is access to, and the lethality of, the weapons that are being used in these crimes. Adding racism, intolerance and bigotry to the mix is a recipe for disaster,” she added.”

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