It’s another tragically sad week, inconceivable that things like this are becoming routine in our society.
It’s another news cycle that rips your heart out; leaves you feeling confused, angry, heartbroken and stunned, even though, after Sandy Hook, we thought it could and would never happen again.
But it has. Since then, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings, reports the New York Times.
Yesterday, I interviewed Alan J. Lipman, Ph.D., J.D. who is the director of the Center for the Study of Violence in Washington, D.C., and an expert on the psychology of violence. He was gracious and generous with his thoughts and patiently explained what would drive a person to commit such a heinous act.
Someone with extreme depression. A sociopath, schizophrenic or psychopath. Someone who feels ostracized. These are the people behind the guns that destroy so many lives. Those traits, along with a triggering event, are what turn a person into a vicious murderer.
“But here’s the critical piece,” Dr. Lipman said. “These troubled personality types, in combination with the ready availability of semi-automatic weapons, is what makes these individuals so vulnerable to mass murder.”
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