“Research shows that there is no direct link between gun violence (excluding suicide) and mental health. In fact, people with disabilities of all kinds are more likely to be the victims of gun violence.”
“The evidence is clear: the overwhelming majority of gun violence is committed by people without disabilities. Public opinion, and public policy, must catch up with reality. Misinformation on this issue contributes to discrimination that has a real and negative impact on people’s lives.”
In the wake of recent mass shootings, Americans are struggling to figure out where to find solutions. All too often, violent crimes are blamed on mental health disabilities. This research brief from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) demonstrates that attributing a majority of violent crimes to disabled perpetrators is not only inaccurate, but also stigmatizing and harmful to a group who already face a heightened risk of victimization.