Episode 219: Fact-checking the link between mental illness and mass shootings
Turns out there is no link.
Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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, Jimmy 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.
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