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A man and his son pay respects at a memorial to a teacher in Debert, N.S. on April 21, 2020. RCMP say at least 23 people are dead after a man went on a murder rampage in Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Let’s call the Nova Scotia mass shooting what it is: White male terrorism

Until we acknowledge that toxic white masculinity is fuelling mass murders, aggrieved white men will continue to commit them -- and we'll all continue to pay the price.
Workplace-related suicide can have several different motivations. The recent shooting at a Molson Coors plant in Milwaukee may have been fuelled by racism against the perpetrator. (Shutterstock)

Understanding work-related suicide after the Molson Coors shooting

People who take their own lives as a career response have different motives at different stages of their careers. This could help us understand the recent Molson Coors shooting in Milwaukee.
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

When we call survivors ‘heroes,’ we’re missing the full picture

We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
Drills can help people learn how to respond when an active shooter situation arises, as recently occurred in Santa Clarita, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Do lockdown drills do any good?

Being ready takes training and practice. But it might not require fake blood and simulated shootings.
Can online posts help scholars – or police – tell the difference between people who are just ranting and those who plan real violence? Aggapom Poomitud/Shutterstock.com

Analyzing online posts could help spot future mass shooters and terrorists

Researchers look for signals that might distinguish people who are upset and ranting online from those who intend to do real physical harm.
A big discrepancy exists between the actual threat of mass shootings and the way the public perceives that threat. Tatiana Akhmetgalieva/Shutterstock.com

Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?

You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students gather in the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee Feb. 21, 2018 to confront legislators about stricter gun laws. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests

A new study looks at whether deaths by suicide could be lowered with mental health care. To a small degree, yes. But a look at the costs suggests there may be better ways to prevent shooting deaths.
Pres. Trump speaking on Aug. 5, 2019 about the mass shootings in El Paso, Tex. and Dayton, Ohio. Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Guns and mental illness: A psychiatrist explains the complexities

President Trump called for better identification of people with mental illness as a way to stop gun violence and mass shootings. A psychiatrist offers his take on the president's stance.
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.
Police secure the main entrance to UNC Charlotte after a shooting at the school that left at least two people dead, Tuesday, April 30. Jason E. Miczek/AP

University of North Carolina at Charlotte shooting has these things in common with other campus shootings

The April 30 shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte isn't an outlier. Research shows it fits a familiar pattern of campus shootings in terms of time and place.
Mourners carry the body of a victim of the New Zealand mosque shootings for a burial in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The hypocritical media coverage of the New Zealand terror attacks

As the news of the shootings in New Zealand quickly unfolded, a researcher took note of the way the event was covered in news media and how the coverage was being discussed on social media.
School shooters tend to have a death wish, new research shows. Constantine Pankin from www.shutterstock.com

School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
Candlelight vigil at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

US gun violence in 2018: 3 essential reads

Scholars helped put a persistent problem into a larger context with their research.

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