HHS Directive Muzzles Federal Experts After Trump Blames Mass Shootings On Mental Illness, Not Guns

The Washington Post reports:

When President Trump targeted mental illness as the cause of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 31 people, federal health officials made sure no government experts might contradict him.

A Health and Human Services directive on Aug. 5 warned communication staffers not to post anything on social media related to mental health, violence and mass shootings without prior approval.

That alarmed some government mental health experts who said they felt muzzled at a moment when many Americans were searching for answers to the U.S. epidemic of mass shootings, said three agency employees. Many researchers and mental health experts said Trump’s comments contradicted well-established research.