Blaming Gun Violence on the Mentally Ill Is Easy, but Ignorant

A meme that circulated recently on social media suggested that the days of going to our comedians for levity and our politicians for public policy are over. According to the post, we now get our belly laughs from Donald Trump and discussions of serious social issues from the likes of John Oliver….

Oliver reported that the inadequacy of the mental health system to meet the needs of an estimated 43.8 million mentally ill Americans, of which about 10 million, or roughly the population of Greece, suffer from serious psychiatric conditions, is not a subject that anyone wishes to discuss … until there is a mass shooting, such as the recent tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon. “Perhaps the clearest sign of just how little we want to talk about mental health,” Oliver said, “is that one of the only times it’s actively brought up is, as we’ve seen yet again this week, in the aftermath of a mass shooting as a means of steering the conversation away from gun control.”

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