Men­tal ill­ness? Not ex­actly

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Re­gard­ing “Stop blam­ing men­tal ill­ness for mass shoot­ings” (Page A19, Wed­ne­say), af­ter every tragic slaugh­ter with a gun, it be­comes more ap­par­ent that we the peo­ple of the United States, in or­der to pre­serve the most ridicu­lous gun laws of any na­tion, will be­lieve any­thing the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion tells us to be­lieve.

Per­haps the sil­li­est no­tion of all is that we can solve this prob­lem by keep­ing guns out of the hands of the men­tally ill. Con­sider the fol­low­ing:

• Al­most none of the mil­lions of men­tally ill peo­ple in this na­tion com­mit vi­o­lent crimes.

• Al­most none of the hun­dreds of thou­sands with brain tu­mors com­mit vi­o­lent crimes.

• Al­most all of those who com­mit vi­o­lent crimes don’t have brain tu­mors, and that they have never, pre­vi­ously, been di­ag­nosed as men­tally ill. Don­ald M. Hayes, Hous­ton

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