By Jonathan M. Metzl

November 9, 2017

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Before the initial shock wore off in the aftermath of yet another horrific

American mass shooting-before we knew about the extent of the injury and

death, or the events that transpired or the biography and motives of yet

another angry white male armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a

grudge-before we really knew anything, President Donald Trump jumped into

the fray with a diagnosis. "Mental health is your problem here," Trump

opined from Tokyo in his first comments after 26 people died when a gunman

opened fire on a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas. "This isn't a

guns situation," he said. "This is a mental health problem at the highest

level."