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You are here News Health Trump said 'mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger' in mass shootings. Experts beg to differ.

Trump said 'mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger' in mass shootings. Experts beg to differ.

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Mass shooting not caused by mental illness

Arthur Evans, the CEO of the American Psychological Association, the largest professional and scientific organization of psychologists in the United States, said it's important for people to understand that there is a fairly weak link between mental illness and mass shootings.

In a 2016 book, "Gun Violence and Mental Illness," published by American Psychological Association Publishing, researchers reported that mass shootings perpetrated by people with serious mental illness account for less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides.

"The biggest predictor of who is going to commit these crimes is violence, a history of past violence," said Evans.

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