Mass shootings are often blamed on serious mental illness. This study assesses the role of psychosis in contributing to mass shootings along a continuum. The role of psychosis is compared with other motivations for mass shootings including employment issues, interpersonal conflict, relationship issues, hate, and fame-seeking. Perpetrators … [Read more...]
Psychosis and mass shootings: A systematic examination using publicly available data.
Why mass shootings stopped in 2020 — and why they are now roaring back
Mass shootings, which had become far less frequent in 2020, have come roaring back. On Monday, a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., killing 10. And this comes on the heels of the Atlanta spa attacks last week that killed eight. We’ve been studying mass shootings, defined as four or more people shot and killed in a public … [Read more...]
Mass Shooter Database Version 3 is Now Available
What's new? Version 3 includes two new cases that met our definition from 2020 – far fewer mass shootings than in previous years. A new variable called “insider/outsider” was added to capture whether the perpetrator had an existing relationship with the site of their shooting. At K-12 schools, 85% of mass shooters were insiders. At colleges … [Read more...]
Daily Bulletin: Where Armed Militias Have Protesters Canceling Plans
The Violence Project's updated database made an appearance in The Trace's Daily Bulletin today. Our update "fleshes out the characteristics of mass shooters" and yields new takeaways for researchers and policy makers. Read today's Daily Bulletin here Source: The Trace … [Read more...]