“In Wake of Shootings in Texas, Ohio,” By Andrew Malekoff, Newsday, Letters Section, Aug. 11, 2019

“In Wake of Shootings in Texas, Ohio,” By Andrew Malekoff, Newsday, Letters Section, Aug. 11, 2019

AR-15 rifles are displayed on the exhibit floor
AR-15 rifles are displayed on the exhibit floor during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 2016. Photo Credit: Bloomberg/Luke Sharrett

In the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, we heard a White House narrative that focused attention on the role of mental illness.

Although people living with mental illness have been targets of discrimination for centuries, studies show that they are disproportionately the victims and not the perpetrators of violence.

All people of goodwill must continue to fight against stigma and discrimination and also for the elimination of race and ethnic-based fear and intolerance.

Andrew Malekoff,

Long Beach

Editor’s note: The writer is executive director of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights.