Glenn links to Ann Althouse, who is wondering about the link between "gun violence" and mental health. Apparently mental health advocates are worried about the possible stigmatization of the mentally ill and are making claims such as this:
"But it can’t be that we turn our attention just to mental health issues related to gun violence because people suffering from mental illness make up a very small percentage of the perpetrators of gun violence."....
Ahh, but what is "gun violence"? Well, when gun control advocates are dramatizing their case they cite 30,000 deaths per year (E.g., NY Times editorial, the Atlantic, the Violence Policy Center, Media Matters).
That figure is composed of roughly 19,000 suicides and 11,000 homicides. One might imagine that a notable proportion of the suicide victims qualify as mentally ill. But for some reason, when the subject is mental health, "gun violence" seems to mean exclusively homicides, at least at the Times, and in the piece linked above.
Yet more evidence that I will never have the mental acuity or agility to make it as a lib.
MORE QUESTIONS I CAN'T ANSWER: Per the "might imagine" link above comes this non-surprise:
Mental illness is a major risk factor for suicide. The World Health Organization estimates that 90 percent of all suicide victims have some kind of mental health condition--often depression or substance abuse.
But what does that mean from a policy perspective in Prozac Nation? If I were giving advice to someone with a history of depression (or a drinking problem) I would strongly discourage them from keeping a gun in the house (that is knowing nothing whatsover about the external dangers they might face in their specific neighborhood or life). However I am full of good advice yet far too humble to think my good advice should be turned into law.
MORE: Prof. Althouse has already taken aim at the suicide/homicide statistics.