'that's when it ... got started: When I began thinking I was special'
November 21, 2014 11:04 AM Subscribe
Since September 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twenty lethal terrorist attacks in the United States, resulting in the deaths of forty-six people. There have been, at most, a handful of assassinations. According to the FBI, from 2001 to 2011, there have been nearly 250 mass shootings, defined as the death of four or more people. According to USA Today, whose data on mass shootings is considered at least as reliable as the FBI's, there have been 191 mass shootings since 2006, with 34 described as "public" shootings—seemingly random events, stranger to stranger. Nearly a thousand people have died; many more have been wounded. What America feared after the 9/11 attacks—that it would be perpetually attacked by outsiders calling themselves Americans—finally has transpired, only with an awful twist: It is perpetually attacked by Americans who call themselves outsiders.
American Psychological Association: Threat assessment in action - "Psychologists are leaders in the growing field of threat assessment, working with law enforcement and security professionals to prevent violence before an attacker strikes."
The Role of Warning Behaviors in Threat Assessment: An Exploration and Suggested Typology [PDF], Meloy, Hoffmann, Guldimann and James, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Behav. Sci. Law (2011)
School and Campus Threat Assessment: Past Lessons & Future Issues [PDF] and The School Shooter: A THREAT ASSESSMENT PERSPECTIVE [PDF] from the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.
Premeditated Mass Shootings in Schools: Threat Assessment, Twemlow et al. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume 41, Issue 4, Pages 475–477, April 2002, and PubMed.
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