“'The infuriating part is that we seem to be going backward,” said James Densley, a co-founder of the Violence Project, a nonpartisan research center that compiled the data used in the National Institute of Justice report. While it is hard to make broad generalizations, Mr. Densley and his partner, Jillian Peterson, discerned several patterns … [Read more...]
What Do Most Mass Shooters Have in Common? They Bought Their Guns Legally.
Mass shootings cannot, need not be the nation’s default
"Densley and Peterson point out that, in the aggregate, perpetrators are angry with the world and in search of a reason and a way to manifest it. "Hate comes late along this pathway," the professors write. Perpetrators' understanding of their cause is typically "shallow and contradictory" and "simply convenient."" In this article, the authors … [Read more...]
A New Mexico man convinced the FBI he was not a threat. Then he carried out a school shooting.
"The missed signals in the case echo what happened before the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, when the FBI failed to act on tips about the shooter, and in Oxford, Michigan, where school officials are accused of ignoring obvious warning signs. “This is yet another example of system failure,” said James Densley, an expert in mass shootings … [Read more...]
Gun violence and threats are on the rise at Indiana schools
"We know risk factors are things like trauma, isolation, suicidality, depression, and hopelessness, being in crisis, spending more time in the dark corners of the internet — things that we knew the pandemic kind of exacerbated,” she said. “And then on top of that, we saw record gun sales. So we know that there's just more guns that can get into the … [Read more...]
How schools respond to social media threats
Dr. Jillian Peterson joins Rob Ferrett to discuss how schools can evaluate potential threats and maintain student safety, especially on social media. Listen here Author: Rob Ferrett Source: Wisconsin Public Radio … [Read more...]