Myths: Firearms, Mental Illness and Suicide

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Myth: Most homicides are completed by people with mental illness.

Truth: First, it is important to recognize that mental illness affects 1 in 4 people, or upwards of 70 million in the US.

The vast majority of violence in our country is NOT perpetrated by persons with serious mental disorders. The best available estimates indicate that of all the violent acts committed in the US, only 4 to 5% is attributable to people with mental illness.
-NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness

Myth: Most firearm deaths are homicides;

Truth: More firearm suicides are completed with a gun than homicides.
-CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013