Before the initial shock wore off in the aftermath of yet another horrific American mass shooting—before we knew about the extent of the injury and death, or the events that transpired or the biography and motives of yet another angry white male armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a grudge—before we really knew anything, President Donald Trump jumped into the fray with a diagnosis. “Mental health is your problem here,” Trump opined from Tokyo in his first comments after 26 people died when a gunman opened fire on a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “This isn’t a guns situation,” he said. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level.”
First, the policy solutions don’t work. And mentioning the link is becoming a crutch for politicians who refuse to do their jobs.
POLITICO MAGAZINE Read I’m a Psychiatrist. Making Gun Violence About Mental Health Is a Crazy Idea By JONATHAN M. METZL November 09, 2017