Trigger warning: Gun violence, ableism/mentalism

People with mental health disabilities are frequently left out of mainstream conversations about mental health, even though after a tragedy like a mass shooting, all people can talk about is "mental health reform."

People without mental disabilities often talk about what should be done about "mentally ill" people and their rights without consulting those people themselves, or even seeing them as human beings who deserve equal rights in the first place.

This video features people with mental health disabilities reacting to clips from various political parties that point to mental illness as the cause of gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

There are captions on the video, and a downloadable transcript here.

Rooted in Rights is a program of Disability Rights Washington, which produces advocacy videos to amplify the voices of people with disabilities.

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