Mental illness? Not exactly
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