Commentary: Don’t put the blame for shooting on mental illness

The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has sparked much debate about the availability of guns and about how law enforcement responds to warnings that people are planning crimes.


Some have targeted mental illness as the problem behind this and other mass shootings.

But in a new GHN Commentary, behavioral health expert Pierluigi Mancini notes that “millions of Americans suffer from anxiety, depression and other disorders, and many of them have guns, yet they don’t go on mass shooting sprees.’’

Mass shootings are not a mental health problem,’’ says Mancini, president of the  Multicultural Development Institute in Alpharetta. “They are the result of individuals with access to guns who believe shooting others will bring them relief or misguided glory.’’

Here’s a link to Mancini’s Commentary.