Stop using mental illness to explain away violence. It’s not that simple

After every horrific mass shooting and disturbing terrorist attack, the reflex is the same: The attacker(s) must be mentally ill.

The shocking randomness of these acts is destabilizing, so simplistic conclusions may provide comfort, but you can’t explain away violence by saying the perpetrators are “nuts.”

Doing so does a grave disservice to those who do suffer from mental illness – the vast majority of whom are not violent – and it prevents us from discussing the complex personal, political and social drivers that create angry, young (for the most part) men.

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