Isabella Paola Co-Founder
In fact in according to a study done by Appelbaum PS in the American Journal of Psychiatry, "less than 3% to 5% of US crimes involve people with mental illness, and the percentages of crimes that involve guns are lower than the national average for persons not diagnosed with mental illness." While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Leading causes of death has reported that gun homicides 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.
I am not saying that someone who kills over 50 people and kills himself is normal. I am simply saying that blaming it on a mental illness that was never diagnosed, is ridiculous. Mentally ill does not equal psychotic or sociopathic or violent.
It's time to change the conversation surrounding mental illness.