John Oliver skewers politicians who blame gun violence on mental illness



On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver pointed out how foolish it is to blame gun violence on mental illness ā€” and then deftly pivoted into a discussion on how desperately we need better mental healthcare in this country.

His most striking stat, which comes from a study that cited the National Center for Health Statistics, is that of the 120,000 gun-related deaths between 2001 to 2010 in the US, fewer than 5% were caused by people with mental illness.

Yet politicians consistently point to this country’s mental health problem as the driving cause behind gun violence and mass shootings.



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