Under Fire, Part 2: Mass Shootings in America

GENINT 721.631

Osher (50+). In this course, we delve into the psychological characteristics of shooters, as well as gun rights, the legal system, and law enforcement.           


About this course:

According to the FBI, mass shootings have tripled in frequency in recent years and have become epidemic during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last four decades, more than three quarters of the guns used by killers were obtained legally, and more than half of the cases took place at a school or workplace. In this course, we review the common psychological characteristics of shooters, gun rights issues, how the legal system manages the obvious mental health data, and law enforcement response. We review two mass shootings in detail: the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the Orlando Nightclub massacre; as well as two recent mass shootings as time allows: the Boulder Colorado shooting at King Soopers grocery store and the Massage Parlor shooting spree in Georgia.

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