Most School Shooters Have Five Things in Common

Interesting analysis:

  • Early-childhood trauma and exposure to violence
  • Anger over a recent event, resulting in feelings of suicidality
  • Being inspired by other school shooters
  • Having the means to carry out an attack

There is one thing they left out:

  • Gun free zones

There are reasonable means to mitigate all of these.


7 thoughts on “Most School Shooters Have Five Things in Common

  1. I think there is one other factor that they left out, strong family bonds. I know for me personally, it is what kept me from harming others and/or myself when I was in middle school. I would think of what it would do to my mother and father, and it would stop me.

  2. You can’t eliminate evil but you can limit the damage. Gun free zones enhance the damage. IMO, the elimination of gun free zones is THE most important issue to focus on. After we do that, we can worry about suppressors, automatic weapons, bump stocks etc.

    • If we can’t eliminate them, they should be licensed and regulated.

      Some of criteria for the license to deprive someone of the tools to defend themselves should be: hard perimeter; armed on-site rapid response; competent search at all entrances; lockers for all arms, with the key retained by the owner; unannounced third-party penetration testing; license revocation for failing to maintain security standards for the visitors.

      Elimination would be best, but if we have to move incrementally, the first step is to make “gun free zones” not-free, then not-cheap, then expensive, then burdensome. Not just a one time expense, but an ongoing obligation that requires ongoing expense.

      A few weeks ago, I learned about the Value of a Statistical Life, which in 2023 is $12.5M. That the figure the government uses to decide whether or not to install a new guard rail. Use the same methodology for the government (or insurers) to decide to grant a venue a license for the GFZ. You know… as a first step.

      • Then again, in dealing with the terrorist regime in Iran, the value of an American life is $1.2 billion.

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