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Experts Discuss Mental llness, Risk for Violence, and Gun Ownership

An evidence-based assessment of dangerousness—not mental illness, per se—should guide public policies regarding restrictions on gun ownership, Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D. (left), of Duke University School of Medicine said during the "Do Firearm Restrictions Prevent Suicide and Violence in People With Serious Mental Illness?" workshop at the APA annual meeting in Toronto. He was joined by Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, presented evidence showing that while there are instances when those with a serious mental illness are at...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 21 May, 2015

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