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Fact-checking the link between mental illness and mass shootings

Posted: 11:54 AM, Nov 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-09 17:05:04-05

Last Sunday, a gunman walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire on the congregation and  killed more than two dozen people . The next day, President Donald Trump told reporters the mass shooting wasn’t a “guns situation,” and instead blamed it on “mental health.”

Politicians have linked mental illness and mass shootings  again , and  again , and  again . In this week’s podcast, host Jimmy Williams talks to a journalist who looked into that link … and found that it doesn’t exist. For more on mental illness and violence, check out  Olga Khazan’s story at The Atlantic .