Despite their low frequency in comparison to other gun violence, the authors in this piece discuss the way mass shootings have degraded the sense of safety Americans feel in their communities. Read more here. Authors: Lenny Bernstein, Ariana Eunjung Cha, and Joel Achenbach Source: The Washington Post … [Read more...]
Mass violence takes toll on Americans’ psyches
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...]
Assessing Shooting Threats Is a Matter of Life or Death. Why Aren’t Experts Better at It?
"In Davison, Mich., 20 miles north of the site of the mass shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, a middle schooler sits in prison for threatening a school shooting in 2019. For claiming the “trench coat mafia”—a reference to a debunked 1999 Columbine shooting conspiracy—and drawing up a detailed plan of attack, he was convicted of a 20-year … [Read more...]
A New York village averted a potential school shooting. Parents are still furious.
After a school shooting plot was thwarted at a New York middle school, the school district faced numerous questions from parents about what is going to happen next. The three students remain on school suspension facing charges of second-degree conspiracy. The Violence Project's Jill Peterson discussed the importance of talking to the would-be … [Read more...]
Have police really thwarted more mass shootings since El Paso and Dayton, or are we just paying closer attention?
With mass shootings becoming more prevalent in the mainstream media, it is important to look into these threats and take them seriously. “In 80% of the mass shooting cases that we studied the person leaked their plans ahead of time and made a specific threat,” Jillian Peterson, an assistant professor of criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline … [Read more...]