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Mass Shootings: Symptoms of Deeper Public Health Crisis No One Talks About

People attend a vigil for the victims of a school shooting that occurred in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021

After any mass shooting, Americans hear politicians make the ritualistic call for “thoughts and prayers.” Thoughts and prayers are not enough. A social-contextual analysis would examine how shooters’ shared characteristics interact with their surroundings to make them capable of the unimaginable acts they committed.