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  •  there was a doctor who has studied mass... (8+ / 0-)

    killings and killers for 20 + years on NPR today and he said the following:

    The rate of mass killings in the US is about 20 per year and has been for decades

    These killers don't just 'snap' in fact they meticulously plan out every detail of the killing usually months in advance (Aurora was planned for 13 months)

    There is uasually a long simmering resentment, often preceded by a personal catastrophe (loss of job, relationship, loved one) that makes the killer feel wronged in a massive way

    Examining the details of the killers psyhe after the fact is elucidating only in hindsight and is not a at all a good predictor of who may commit these murders in the future

    Everyone turns into an amateur psych doc (his words) after the fact

    He offered very little in terms of potential solutions...not encouraging I know.

    I am not saying that we should just accept the amount of murders of this kind but, short of eliminating ALL guns, which will never happen, I am out of ideas.  

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