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John Oliver: Mental Health segment rips GOP for Oregon mass shooting response

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On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver slammed Republican presidential nominee hopefuls Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee for citing mental health issues in response to last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

“There’s nothing like a mass shooting to suddenly spark political interest in mental health,” Oliver said during a segment on America’s dysfunctional mental health policies. “The aftermath of a mass shooting might actually be the worst time to talk about mental health. Because, for the record, the vast majority of mentally ill people are non-violent. And the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally ill people.”

Citing historical facts and figures, and current stats (prisons, for instance, are the largest provider of mental health care in the U.S.), Oliver detailed the systemic flaws with America’s treatment of the mentally ill. And according to the host, only bringing up mental health in relation to mass shootings “is deeply misleading.”

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control, then the very least we owe them is a f—ing plan,” Oliver said.

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