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NRA scapegoats the mentally ill for gun violence

In the debate over gun control, the National Rifle Association and supporters of the status quo are dictating a narrative that insists what is important is not limiting the number of guns in our country but targeting the mentally ill as potential perpetrators of gun violence ("Guns and mental illness," Feb. 21).

Rather than suggest that identifying mentally unstable people will enable us to control gun violence, I would argue that anyone who owns an assault weapon is, by virtue of that very fact, likely to be mentally ill themselves.

Paul Douglas, Reisterstown

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