84 gun violence and mental illness mass shootings what is known a mass shooting is a specific type of mass murder mass murder is defined as the killing of three or more victims at one location within one event burgess 2006. Overall mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent 1 percent of all gun homicides each year according to the book gun violence and mental illness published by the american psychiatric association in 2016. In this op ed writer lincoln anthony blades debunks the common misconception that mental illness is the cause of gun violence americans comprise just under 5 of the worlds population yet own about 42 of the worlds civilian owned guns based on a 2007 comprehensive study. Gun violence and mental illness written by a multidisciplinary roster of authors who are leaders in the fields of mental health public health and public policy is a practical guide to the issues surrounding the relation between firearms deaths and mental illness tragic mass shootings that capture headlines reinforce the mistaken beliefs . Mental illness and gun violence there is little evidence to support the idea that individuals diagnosed with a mental illness are any more likely to commit a crime of gun violence than anyone else according to the national center for health statistics fewer than 5 percent of the 120000 gun related killings in the us between 2001 2010 were
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