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Mass Shootings Leave Behind Collective Despair, Anguish And Trauma At Many Societal Levels

“The deadly shooting of at least 19 children and two adults in Texas on May 24, 2022, is the latest in an ever-growing list of national tragedies, leaving families and friends of the victims gripped with grief, anguish and despair,” Dr. Arash Javanbakht writes. “I am a trauma and anxiety researcher and clinician, and I know that the effects of such violence reach millions. While the immediate survivors are most affected, the rest of society suffers, too.”

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People attend a vigil for the victims of a school shooting that occurred in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021
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Mass Shootings: Symptoms of Deeper Public Health Crisis No One Talks About

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.

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Former FBI Agent: Thirst for Gun Ownership Must Yield to Sensible Gun Control

As originally designed, an assault rifle is built for one purpose: to be used by the military to maim and kill human beings as quickly as possible. It is not a sporting or hunting rifle. The design of the AR-15 bullet is too light for deer, too heavy for squirrels, but just right for humans. Why then does a civilian need such a rifle?

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