Of mass shootings and mental illness

"Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun," Trump said, addressing the nation after a weekend's mass shootings where 22 lives were lost in El Paso, Texas, another that left nine dead in Dayton.   For someone who consistently treats science and data as nuisances, or ignorable, pointing the finger at mental illness and hatred is convenient.   This idea may well be whirling inside his head: How it is possible that someone can randomly kill two dozen strangers and not be mentally ill... can a healthy person do that?   A mental illness diagnosis is not always evidence of risk of violence toward other people. Fifty percent of Americans meet c...

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