“Only 4 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness,” American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Dilip Jeste said. “About one quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, and only a very small percentage of them will ever commit violent crimes.”
APAs CEO Dr. James H. Scully added that LaPierres remarks serve to perpetuate the idea that mental illness and evil are one and the same.”This is simply a relic of the past and has no place in our public dialogue. People who are clearly not mentally ill commit violent crimes and perform terrible acts every day. Unfortunately, Mr. LaPierres statements serve only to increase the stigma around mental illness and further the misconception that those with mental disorders are likely to be dangerous,” Scully said.