“Anxiety about the pandemic and continued shutdowns may tamp down public fears of mass attacks in public spaces when the economy reopens, said Jillian Peterson, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Hamline University in Minnesota and co-founder of the Violence Project.
‘The other line of thinking, which I think to me is more likely and more concerning, is that all of the risk factors that we know of are really being amplified right now,’ she said.”
Shaun Courtney discusses the recent report done by the US Secret Service about mass attacks, the impact of COVID-19 on mass violence risk factors, including mental health. Dr. Peterson’s analysis is accompanied by comments from other researchers at Northeastern University and the US Secret Service.
Source: Bloomberg Government