After the mass shooting in Texas on Sunday, President Trump weighed in, stating, "Mental health is your problem here." He went on to say, "This isn’t a guns situation." He then said that this shooting was the action of a “very deranged individual [with] a lot of problems over a long period of time." Let's ignore the basic fact that making it harder for people with serious mental health issues to get guns would help. But Trump's statement also lacks specificity.
The Texas shooter, an Air Force member named Devin Patrick Kelley, was court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and child. He went on to serve 12 months and was dishonorably discharged. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, 54 percent of mass shootings are related to domestic or family violence, drawing a clear correlation between the two. This specific pattern is not being adequately addressed.
Yet funding for Domestic Violence have been cut in recent budget. The number of lives lost to DV staggering— rmc (@Thelast_try) November 6, 2017
Unfortunately, as Everytown for Gun Safety's study revealed, the two issues aren't easily compartmentalized. A multifaceted approach is required to address the epidemic of gun deaths in our country, and the link to domestic violence is certainly an aspect worth talking about.