As a mental health professional I am concerned at the current tendency by Trump to label the person(s) who commit these heinous acts as being "mentally ill", or "deranged." If this were true then why are we not demanding of our President and elected officials to include in their budget money for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in our country? Labeling acts of violence utilizing weapons as a mental health issue alone will not resolve the urgent matter of having the "gun" discussion with our elected officials. Our country cannot continue to defend these acts as one thing while ignoring the use of guns. This is not about the 2nd Amendment anymore! Remember Trump signed a measure into law 2/28/17 that rescinds an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people. If we all start grabbing our guns to save the day during a serious situation who is going to decide who the "good guy are"?
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.