President Donald Trump spoke the truth about why he believed the Texas church shooter in Sutherland Springs killed innocent people.
He was immediately called out by a mental health organization that may have agreed with him but for the fact that guns were involved.
The American Psychological Association (APA) appeared willing to overlook possible mental health issues in order to promote a liberal agenda of gun control.
On Monday, Trump said:
“This isn’t a ‘guns’ situation. We could go into it, but it’s a little bit too soon. Fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been much worse.
“I think that mental health is the problem here. This is a very, based on preliminary reports, a very deranged individual. He had a lot of problems over a long period of time.”
This is a mental health problem at the highest level.”
APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD immediately responded in a written statement:
“The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. A complex combination of risk factors, including a history of domestic violence, violent misdemeanor crimes and substance use disorders, increases the likelihood of people using a firearm against themselves or others.
Firearm prohibitions for these high-risk groups have been shown to reduce gun violence. The suspect in this case, Devin Patrick Kelley, exhibited several of these red flags.”
The shooter clearly had multiple risk factors that support Trump’s claim that mental health issues were a factor.
The reported risk factors of the shooter are as follows:
Puente surprisingly ignores these signs and heads right to the issue of gun control.
“Gun violence is a serious public health problem that requires attention to these risk factors, as well as more research to inform the development and implementation of empirically based prevention and threat assessment strategies. Calling this shooting a ‘mental health problem’ distracts our nation’s leaders from developing policies and legislation that would focus on preventing gun violence through a scientific, public health approach.”
Most people would agree that certain mental health issues or high risk factors require an assessment in order to determine whether the individual should be allowed to legally purchase a firearm.
In the Texas church shooter’s case, his criminal history alone would have made him ineligible to buy a weapon.
Late Monday, it was reported that the criminal history of the shooter was not reported by the Air Force to the FBI.
Since the information was not in the FBI database, a gun background check did not reveal the shooter’s criminal past.
Perhaps it’s time for Puente to drop his gun control agenda and go back to addressing mental health issues.
Identifying mental health issues and providing needed help early on may be the best way to prevent violent crime in the future.
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