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Public perception of mass violence and mental illness often misguided

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Officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs
Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Darren Abate | AP

In response to Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church, President Trump said the shooting was not "a guns situation," but rather, a problem of mental health. 

But according to a Vanderbilt study, between 2001 and 2010, fewer than 5 percent of fatal shootings in the United States were committed by people diagnosed with mental illness. 

Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, joined MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about gun violence, mental health and public perception. 

Use the audio player above to hear the full segment.