The key to preventing mass shootings lies in understanding what the perpetrators have in common: (1) early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age; (2) an identifiable grievance or crisis point; (3) validation for their beliefs, having studied past shootings to find inspiration; and (4) the means to carry out an attack. This new framework not only acknowledges the complexity of this vexing social problem, but also gives us all things we can do to prevent the next shooting. Each one of the four themes represent an inflection point—an opportunity for intervention.
Los Angeles Times
Jillian Peterson and James Densley