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136: Unpacking the Violence Project

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Mass shootings account for only 0.2% of firearm deaths in the US a year -- but their impact is large, deeply traumatizing survivors, their communities, and the country as a whole. How do we, as a nation, try to prevent these mass shootings? And what commonalities exist between not just these shootings, but the shooters themselves? To find out, host JJ is joined by
Dr. Jillian Peterson of Hamline University and Dr. James Densley of Metropolitan State University, both authors of forthcoming book "the Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic" and co-founders and co-presidents of a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center of the same name (the Violence Project). Together they all discuss the Violence Projects' mass shooter database, which collates data about mass shooters life histories, psychological profiles, and first person accounts (while also practicing no notoriety) -- and how this data suggests better interventions against violence.

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