2019-08-08 11:55:52

Mental Illness Is Not to Blame for Gun Violence Epidemic

President Trump went to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday. The sites of two mass shootings.

There, he was met by hundreds of protesters condemning his presence after the mass shootings over the weekend, which killed at least 32 people.

Prior to his visits, Trump hinted at the need to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, and doubled down on what some healthcare professionals say is dangerous rhetoric linking illness to mass shootings.

Numerous other political figures have pointed to mental illness as a contributing factor in mass shootings.

From Montreal, we speak with Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, and chief research officer of AFFIRM Research, a nonprofit focused on firearm injury reduction.

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