Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions

Grant Boone
August 18, 2019

After voters were asked to state a reason for the high occurrences of mass shootings in the US compared to other countries, "access to guns", "mental health issues" and "Trump rhetoric" were listed as the top three responses, with 35 percent, 22 percent and 10 percent respectively.

According to the report, only a small percentage of violent behavior is associated with serious mental illness.

The president's insistence that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings has disconcerted mental health professionals who insist that most people with mental illness are nonviolent. People have to start thinking about it.

"That was a bad thing for our country", he said, referring to de-institutionalization of the mentally ill. But a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions. The people were just allowed to go onto the streets.

Trump's comments come after back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and OH left 31 people dead and dozens more injured. The suggestions also come a day after a man shot six police officers when he barricaded himself for several hours in his Philadelphia home, where police were attempting to come in with a narcotics warrant.

Promote early intervention. Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, 75% begin by age 24.

In the aftermath of the shootings, Trump responded to the attacks by asserting that "hate has no place in our country", before then vowing that his administration will "take care of it", without explaining how or setting out concrete steps to tackle gun violence. He's been encouraged by some aides, including daughter Ivanka, to press on background checks.

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Trump said, "We've been working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn't have guns".

And, on the back of two recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the president addressed gun violence - blaming mental illness.

"It's not the gun that pulls the trigger", Trump said Thursday to loud applause from a packed crowd at his campaign rally in New Hampshire.

Trump used a similar line immediately after the dual shootings earlier this month at a Walmart in Texas and outside a bar in OH, saying that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun".

He said he's been speaking to "many Republicans" about the legislation.

He added his party does not "want to have insane people, risky people, really bad people having guns". "Republicans agree with me on that. pretty much uniformly", he said.

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