How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic - Part 1


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Laura and Jim interview Professors Jillian Petersen and James Densley, co-founders and co-presidents of The Violence Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan research center best known for its mass shooter database, funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Together they have written a book called 'The Violence Project: how to stop a mass shooting epidemic.' They have interviewed perpetrators and victims and their families with the aim of preventing future mass shootings. Building on their coverage and analysis of Columbine and other mass shootings, Laura and Jim discuss their findings including making the links across violent offending behaviour, the red flags, the pathway to murder and early identification, intervention and prevention opportunities. You will not want to miss this.

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You can buy Jill and James’ important new book by clicking on this link!

The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic by

Jillian Peterson, Ph.D & James Densley, Ph.D

Jillian Peterson, PhD, is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Hamline University. She has led large-scale research studies on mental illness and crime, school shootings, and mass violence. James Densley, PhD, is a professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, which is part of the Minnesota State system. He is known for his international work on gangs, criminal networks, violent extremism, and policing. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jillian and James run The Violence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center known worldwide for its work on mass shooting prevention. The Violence Project has featured in CNN, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading media outlets.

“One of the most comprehensive studies of the subject”―Wall Street Journal

“Reading The Violence Project is like having the lights turned on in a dark stadium. Jillian Peterson and James Densley illuminate for us the darkest corners of our violent predilections. They’ve told us what to do; the rest is up to us. Groundbreaking!”―Rachel Louise Snyder, bestselling author of No Visible Bruises

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