Ari Ne’eman

Ari Ne’eman runs and previously served on President Obama’s National Council on Disability and as the president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. He is the author of a book on the history of disability in the United States, which will be published in 2020 by Simon & Schuster.

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Another Tragedy, Another Scapegoat

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Donald Trump walks off after delivering a statement on the Parkland school shooting on February 15, 2018, at the White House. I n the wake of the Florida shooting, a growing number of elected officials, including President Donald Trump, have made the curious decision to blame people with mental illness for gun violence, rather than guns. In a country whose leaders are unwilling to confront a powerful gun lobby, mental health makes an easier scapegoat. “Years ago, we had mental hospitals, mental institutions, we had a lot of them and a lot of them have closed. Some people thought it was a stigma. … Legislators thought it was too expensive,” said the president in remarks at his “listening session” last Wednesday with shooting survivors. “Today, if you catch somebody, they don’t know what to do with them. He hasn’t committed the crime, but he may very well and there’s no mental institution, there’s no place to bring them. And we have that a lot.” Trump...