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Targeted Mass Killings Can Be Prevented
Disagreeing with comments made by Richard Friedman in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD, states that there is “a critical and significant difference” between being able to predict and prevent mass shootings.
Misinformation about mass murder behavior linked to the recent UC Santa Barbara killings, and misleading statements and opinions related to these important issues from various sources could harm ongoing research efforts, affect future training of professionals in the field, and make it harder to educate the public about this type of violence. Ongoing misconceptions related to the “snapping theory” are not supported by the most current knowledge and research, which instead indicate that these are not impulsive events, but are well planned out crimes.
In “A Different Perspective on the UCSB Mass Murderer,” Dr. O’Toole explains that “pre-incident behaviors” and warning signs typically precede such murders, but they can be misread or overlooked. “Our mission with Violence and Gender is to develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the ‘underlying pathologies’
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