Some thoughts on why we and our institutions may be failing to deal with mass shootings because we approach them as part of broader problems, not as a distinct and self-perpetuating plague.
The problem with almost every narrative that mass shootings are “actually an X problem” is that X is usually so broad it’s like saying the real problem with asteroid impacts is that the Earth is so big.
Take mental health: It’s easy to say “mass shootings are really a mental health problem” because, well, you’d have to be crazy to commit one, right?
No, not really. James Knoll: “the literature does not reflect a strong link with serious mental illness.”
On this terrible anniversary, some thoughts on the debate over the role of the media in mass shootings. #SandyHook /1
To start, I'll just reiterate that the evidence for a social contagion effect in mass shootings, fed by media attention, is extensive. Here's my closest look at that. 2/ wsj.com/articles/what-…
But this is a hard problem. A great many researchers agree that mass shootings are imitative. There is much less agreement on whether the effect is more conscious (infamy-seeking) or environmental (contagion). And also little consensus on how media should change practices. 3/