In his push for greater gun regulations, President Barack Obama also blames gun violence on...mental illness. He's setting aside $500 million of taxpayer money to, in part, increase access to mental health care. But that money is also being used to enable background checks for potential gun owners to better screen out people with mental health issues.
Writing for World Net Daily, martial artist Chuck Norris tackles the question: Is mental illness really responsible for most gun violence?
Norris cites University of Virginia psychologist and professor Dr. Dewey Cornell who says, “It seems intuitive that anyone who commits a mass shooting must be mentally ill, but this is a misuse of the term ‘mental illness.’ Mental illness is a term reserved for the most severe mental disorders where the person has severe symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations. Decades of mental health research show that only a small proportion of persons with mental illness commit violent acts, and together they account for only a fraction of violent crime. Some mass shooters have had a mental illness. Most do not.”
Norris also cites Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, and Kenneth T. MacLeish, PhD, who wrote an article saying, “According to Appelbaum, less than 3% to 5% of US crimes involve people with mental illness.... Databases that track gun homicides, such as the National Center for Health Statistics, similarly show that fewer than 5% of the 120,000 gun-related killings in the United States between 2001 and 2010 were perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness.”
And Norris points out a whole other aspect to this gun ownership crackdown: What about mentally disabled but non-violent people who are still competent enough to handle a firearm?
Norris believes that that vulnerable group of people will fall victim to Obama's new rules, and many may be afraid to apply to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for fear of having their means of protecting themselves stripped away.