Binder did note that Cole’s billboard highlights two important points — over 40 million Americans suffer from mental health issues and access to care is inadequate.
A psychiatric group complained that Kenneth Cole’s gun reform billboard is off target and it wants him to take it down.
The American Psychiatric Association slammed the fashion designer on Thursday for a billboard that read: “Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care…All can access guns.”
The message was signed “Kenneth Cole” and included the hashtags #gunreform and #areyouputtinguson.
The sign looms over Manhattan’s busy West Side Highway and the APA wants it removed.
APA President Dr. Renee Binder said the billboard message is detrimental because it incorrectly links mental illness with gun violence and the need for gun control.
“It provides the gross misimpression that people with mental illness are violent,” Binder said. “The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent and most acts of violence are not committed by people with mental illness.”
In response to the roadside sign, the APA tweeted a series of messages expressing their disappointment in Cole.
Source:: Patriot Outdoor News