Fact-checking the link between mental illness and mass shootings
Posted: 11:54 AM, Nov 09, 2017
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<p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="font-size:11.5pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Helvetica">Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)</span></span></span></span></span></p>
Last Sunday, a gunman walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire on the congregation and killed more than two dozen people
. The next day, President Donald Trump told reporters the mass shooting wasn’t a “guns situation,” and instead blamed it on “mental health.”
Politicians have linked mental illness and mass shootings again
, and again
, and again
. In this week’s podcast, host Jimmy Williams talks to a journalist who looked into that link … and found that it doesn’t exist. For more on mental illness and violence, check out Olga Khazan’s story at The Atlantic
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