STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTINGS

APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D., issued the statement below in response to the Texas church shooting on November 5 and President Donald Trump’s assertion the incident was a “mental health problem”:

“The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. A complex combination of risk factors, including a history of domestic violence, violent misdemeanor crimes, and substance use disorders, increases the likelihood of people using a firearm against themselves or others.

“Firearm prohibitions for these high-risk groups have been shown to reduce gun violence. The suspect in this case, Devin Patrick Kelley, exhibited several of these red flags.”

Click here to read the full statement.

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