It’s a convenient excuse to hide the real issue which is easy access to items with the sole purpose of causing death.
Well, that’s not going to change, barring a Constitutional Amendment; and at this point in our politics, you couldn’t get a supermajority of politicians and states to agree on Santa Claus.
Maybe if your idea of mental illness means just being depressed, lonely, angry at the world or sad then I guess you could say that.
My take is that if we knew more about mental illness, not symptomatic but biochemical, we’d find that all of them have some sort of chemical aberration in the brain. You have to be significantly fucked up to think that killing another sentinit creature is a good idea.
Mental illness exists in every society, my mother works with the mentally ill but the shooting sprees simply don’t happen in any other society.
Well, they do, but not in the quantity that they happen here.
So, I think the larger question is “why are americans so violent, when compared to other nations?”