Debate Underway Regarding Mental Illness and Gun Violence


Michaela Madison Reporting

(Thursday, November 30th) Ohio – There is a new angle within the debate on gun violence and it focuses on mental illness.

The latest mass shootings have led to calls for enhanced reporting of mental-health records, but Doctor Larry Davidson, a psychology professor at Yale University Medical School argued people with serious mental illness are more ‘in danger’ than dangerous.

“People with psychosis are much less likely to commit violence and are, in fact, much more likely to be victimized than to be perpetrators.”

The Ohio News Connection reports that Davidson claimed only two-percent of gun violence is committed by people with serious mental illness while people with mental illness are 14-times more likely to be victims of violence than the average person.