“Increasing access to mental health care is a great thing to do; everybody should have accessible and appropriate mental health care when they need it,” said Zeoli, who is also a faculty member of U of M’s Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

“Mental illness does not drive gun violence,” Zeoli said. “People often look at shooters who commit these horrific acts and assume that they were not in their right mind because they committed these horrific acts and that is simply not based on evidence.”

Dr. April Zeoli speaks with Michigan Advance about the harms of linking mental illness and firearm violence.