It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence

It’s Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence

Contrary to the general public’s ignorant abuse of the term, though, ‘mentally ill’ does not mean ‘crazy.’ The term covers an extremely broad spectrum of disorders whose symptoms and causes vary significantly. Paranoid schizophrenia is classified as a mental illness, but so are Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderand anorexia nervosa. The real question, then, becomes: Which mental illnesses should disqualify a person from owning a gun, and by what grounds do we justify singling out the people who suffer from them?

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