We Need to Stop Focusing on the Mental Health of Mass Shooters

Mentally ill Americans are already stigmatized — and wrongly so

Washington Post
May 21, 2019 · 5 min read
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Charles Burroughs writes “See you later,” the last words he said to his close friend Kendrick Castillo, after being a pallbearer at his funeral at the Seven Stones-Chatfield cemetery on May 17, 2019, in Littleton, Colorado. Castillo was killed while trying to stop a gunman in his school last week. Photo: by Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

By Deborah Doroshow

In the two decades since the massacre at Columbine High School, digging into the psychology of mass shooters has sadly become an all-too-familiar habit — now something we seem to do almost weekly.

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