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AP Medical Writer 

Trump calls attackers 'deranged' but mental health link weak


November 8, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump called the Texas church shootings gunman "deranged," the New York bike path attacker "a very sick and deranged person," and the Las Vegas massacre shooter "a sick, demented man."

It's a common reaction to mass violence — who in their right mind would commit these senseless crimes? The truth is more nuanced.

Even if it is eventually determined that one of them had been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder or some other psychiatric illness, experts say that alone isn't a risk factor for violence.

"Most people with mental illness are not violent...

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