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Many mass shooters show signs of distress before their attack. Smederevac via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Accused Buffalo mass shooter had threatened a shooting while in high school. Could more have been done to avert the tragedy?

When young people plan a mass shooting, especially at a school, they typically reveal their plans in advance. Two scholars weigh in on whether the warning signs are being heeded in the right way.
There is plenty we still don’t understand about how anger influences behaviour. (Erinn Acland)

Fanning the flames: How anger fuels violent crime in youth

Violent crime causes untold harm and anger is known to fuel violence. But recent research suggests that the way anger and crime tie together in youth is a bit more complicated than expected.
South African police prepare guns handed in during one of several amnesties for destruction. EFE-EPA

Gun control in South Africa: tightening the law, and more

If proposed amendments to the law are passed, it will no longer be possible to acquire a firearm licence for self-defence in the country. This has sparked heated debate.
The research doesn’t say what some lawmakers suggest every time there’s a mass shooting. Fredrick Tendong/Unsplash

Stop blaming video games for mass killings

On the whole, results from psychology research studies don’t support a direct connection between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.

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