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Trump blamed Texas on mental health. Here's what he's doing about it

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

President Trump said last week that the shooting that left 26 people dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas was "a mental health problem," not a gun problem. In doing so, he made mental health an issue whether mental illness was the underlying factor in the church shooting or not.

Why it matters: It's clear that Americans across party lines want some sort of change that will prevent the sickening frequency of mass shootings — there have been 388 in 2017 alone — that continue to shake our country. By suggesting that mental health should be focus of the debate, rather than gun control, Trump invited a closer look at his record — which includes budget cuts that have been criticized by mental health groups.