nasw joins 59 organizations criticizing efforts to link gun violence to mental illness
washington, d.c. -
(nasw) has joined 59 other organizations in criticizing efforts to link the nation’s gun violence epidemic to mental illness.
said such comments create a false narrative and encourages stigmatization and discrimination against people living with a mental illness who are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.
“these shootings have one thing in common – easy access to weapons that can kill with terrifying efficiency on a massive scale,” the statement read.
gun violence is now a public health crisis and the trauma and fear caused by mass shootings is harming the mental health of americans. the organizations called on policymakers to work on a bipartisan solutions to improve gun safety in our communities.
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