As a retired social worker of 40 years, it concerns me that President Donald Trump and others make claims that recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio were committed by mentally ill people. A very small number of people suffering from mental health issues are dangerous. The few that are dangerous do not commit mass murders.

The legal definition of “insanity” is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. Mentally ill people don’t write manifestos, drive over 10 hours to a sight, wear bulletproof vests, ear plugs, use 100 round magazines in assault weapons and kill in a matter of a few minutes 31 people and injure over 50 others. Mass murderers know the difference between right and wrong.

When we look for answers in the wrong places, we don’t find the right answers. The issue is about anger, hate, and power and control. It might be helpful to look in that direction. Another thing is to ban assault weapons. There only use is to kill and injury masses of people in a very short period of time.

Louise Seliski

Deerwood