FLASH BLOG: AUTISM IS NOT A CRIME

Aspie Minister

Once again, there has been a horrible, violent crime committed by a person with mental illness. Once again, the media is focusing on a diagnosis of “Aspergers” or “Autism” as the reason for the crime.

We need to put a stop to this blaming of the autistic community for violence. Or even blaming mental illness for violence. Or blaming the therapists who work with the mentally ill.

If we want to blame someone, let’s start with lack of gun control laws. All countries have people with mental illness. Most industrialized countries do not have the degree of gun violence that we have.  Here are statistics from ABC news:

Country

Guns per 100

Total Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000

United States

88.8

10.2

Switzerland

45.7

3.84

Finland

45.3

3.64

Sweden

31.6

1.47

Norway

31.3

1.78

France

31.2

3

Canada

30.8

2.44

Austria

30.4

2.94

Iceland

30.3

1.25

Germany

30.3

1.1

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