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Refocusing Gun Policy: In Reply
Emma E. McGinty, Ph.D., M.S.; Daniel W. Webster, Sc.D., M.P.H.; Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.650402
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In Reply: The two arguments raised by Dr. Geller play a central role in the ongoing national debate surrounding policy proposals to prevent persons with serious mental illness from having guns. Dr. Geller asserts that such policies—most of which have been proposed in response to mass shootings—are unlikely to prevent gun violence and likely to exacerbate public stigma toward persons with mental illness.

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