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A memorial for the victims of the shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, including 25 white chairs painted with a cross and and rose, is displayed in the Texas church. A man opened fire inside the church yet his attack has not been labelled terrorism. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The debate over what constitutes terrorism

White men routinely gun down innocent victims in mass shootings in the United States. Yet they are not branded terrorists the way Muslims who commit violent acts are. Why not?
Most mass killers have one common trait – a propensity for domestic violence. sdecoret/Shutterstock.com

Most mass killers are men who have also attacked family

The shooter at the Texas church had beaten his first wife and hurt his infant stepson. This connection between mass shooters and domestic violence is the norm, not an exception.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Mass shootings in America: 4 essential reads

Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967. U.S. Army

How the US government created and coddled the gun industry

While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
White men have committed more mass shootings than any other group. EPA/Paul Buck

Are mass shootings a white man’s problem?

In the terrible aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre people have been urgently trying to explain it. Some have put race at the centre of their explanations. Mass shootings, they argue, reveal something…
Weapons used in the attack in San Bernardino in 2015. Reuters/San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department/Handout

How dangerous people get their weapons in America

While mass shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and elsewhere make headlines, the reality is gun violence is becoming almost routine in many American neighborhoods. Where do the guns come from?
After two terror attacks the prior week, police patrolled the Westminster Bridge on election day 2017 in London. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Lessons for first responders on the front lines of terrorism

Given the persistent risk of terrorist attacks and large-scale accidents, it's more critical than ever for EMTs, police, firefighters and others to learn from the past.
Law enforcement officers move in to verify the identity of people in a field outside the Fort Lauderdale airport after a mass shooting. Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

Is mass murder becoming a form of protest?

New ways of expressing discontent are constantly emerging. Could mass shootings join what sociologist Charles Tilly has dubbed the 'repertoire of contention'?
A makeshift memorial for the Sandy Hook victims on the first anniversary of the massacre. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Why ‘thoughts and prayers’ after mass shootings fall short

Even after 26 children and teachers were killed four years ago today at Sandy Hook, more mass shootings by disturbed white men and boys have occurred. Ignoring this crisis has severe consequences.
What’s in the mind of a solo attacker? Man with gun image via shutterstock.com

What drives lone offenders?

Lone offender – sometimes called "lone wolf" – attacks may become a more prevalent threat. What can we understand about them and the people who carry them out?
Aerial view of the Pentagon, September 14, 2001. Wikipedia

Command under attack: What we’ve learned since 9/11 about managing crises

The National Incident Management System (NIMS), created after 9/11, has helped government agencies respond to large-scale emergencies, including mass shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing.
James Holmes was a psychiatric patient at the time he shot 24 people dead in the Aurora Picture House shooting in 2012. EPA/Arapahoe County Sherriff's Office

Can we predict who will become mass shooters?

Telltale signs can identify people at risk of committing extreme violence.
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns. Reuters

How dangerous people get their guns

Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.

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