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Doctors blast Trump’s mental illness focus to fight violence

February 19, 2018

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting.

Since the Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, the shooter’s mental health has been a focus of comments by President Donald Trump, officials in his administration and Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Trump ally.

Mental health professionals welcome more resources and attention, but they say the administration is ignoring the real problem — easy access to guns, particularly the assault weapons used in many of the most recent mass shootings.

Several medical groups are calling on the administration and Congress to confront gun violence as a major public health issue. About 38,000 Americans were killed with guns in 2016 according to federal statistics.

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