Continuing the discussion from 9 dead in gun massacre at church:
Marja makes a wonderful point here that I want to underscore.
In February, the American Journal of Public Health published an article entitled Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms that sheds light on the discussion surrounding the current tragedy.
It’s a meaty article, with many possible take-aways. But one I want to emphasize is that casual invocations of “mental illness” are often inaccurate yet almost always stigmatizing. Let’s try to have more precision in where we aim our words.