Just what is the connection between guns and mental illness?
Kymber Guzman, 8, places flowers at a memorial for the victims of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. - Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SEATTLE — After nearly every mass shooting, like a merry-go-round, arguments emerge that pin the violence on an individual's mental illness or the prevalence of extremely lethal guns. Ultimately, boiling it down to one, the other, or even both of those potential causes doesn't get us anywhere close to the nuance required to understand why gun violence happens. Linking violent gun attacks and mental illness can stigmatize people with mental health conditions, despite the fact that those with mental illnesses are extremely unlikely to be perpetrators of violence. There are several important myth...