SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 21, 2013) The controversy of gun violence in America and the discussion of rights versus restraint is growing. This story looks into another element of the broad topic of gun violence, and explores what part mental health plays in the overall picture. With of the disbandment of mental health facilities and insane asylums in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, America’s prison system began to grow into a new place for the criminally insane or mentally ill. To further examine how severely mentally ill people may or may not play a role in today’s gun violence, a board of professors at Syracuse University’s psychology department held an open forum to discuss the topic. Surprisingly, patients with severe mental health issues are more likely to become victims of violent crime rather than perpetrators. In contrast, violent crimes and gun-related crimes can be linked to smaller offenses like robbery, drug abuse and trafficking.