APA President Renée Binder, M.D., isn’t an expert on the storage of guns in the home or the risk of children getting access to guns, but she is an expert on mental illness. From Psychiatric News Alert (The Voice of the American Psychiatric Association and the Psychiatric Community):
To those who want to connect gun violence with mental illness, Binder emphasized that people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence and that the majority of individuals with mental illness will never be violent toward others; the risk of self-harm is far greater. “Stronger indicators of risk include a history of violent behavior, domestic violence, and drug or alcohol abuse” she noted. “We urge states to develop new procedures for the temporary removal of access to guns during periods of elevated risk.” . . .