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Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, & the Politics of American Firearms | UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Four assumptions frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings in the United States: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, (3) that shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that gun control “won’t prevent” such incidents. Professor Metzl will address how assumptions about gun violence incorrectly link to stereotypes of mental illness and race in the United States.

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Television Appearances Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Jonathan Metzl discusses mental health and gun violence | CSPAN. https://www.c-span.org/video/?441890-3/washington-journal-dr-jonathan-metzl-discusses-mental-health-gun-violence Raidió Teilifís Éireann’s “Prime Time”: Profiling the Las Vegas shooter. The difficulty …

Radio and Podcast Appearances

Radio and Podcast Appearances The State of New York Gun Legislation. “112BK” podcast: https://soundcloud.com/112bk/030918bk NPR’s “All Things Considered”: A Look At The Narrow Point Of Intersection …

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Television Appearances Scholar warns against linking mental health and gun violence. FOX News: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5757628136001/ The State of New York Gun Legislation. 112BK: https://youtu.be/0-g3Ilz8MaY?t=222 Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Jonathan …

Op-Eds and Commentary

Op-Eds and Commentary I’m a Psychiatrist. Making Gun Violence About Mental Health Is a Crazy Idea (Politico Magazine) Are looser gun laws changing the social …

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Keynote at Humanities Futures Capstone Conference, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

The capstone conference, titled Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice, will focus on the health humanities. We define health on a continuum from the health sciences to states of health, and focus on social justice to bridge the lived experiences of health and wellness in both our academic and non-academic communities. Furthermore, in 2017, we ask: how are the humanities transforming health, and how is health transforming the humanities? And what do these mutual influences suggest concerning the health of the humanities?

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Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms: Changing the Terms of the Debate

Four assumptions frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings in the US: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, (3) that shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that effective gun control laws will not prevent such incidents. Professor Metzl will discuss how these assumptions about gun violence are incorrectly linked to stereotypes of mental illness and race in the United States. These issues become obscured when mass shootings are framed as representative of all gun crime, and when “mentally ill” ceases to be a medical designation and becomes encoded as violent threat.