“It happens too much”: a report analyzes the shootings in the US

WASHINGTON (HPD) — As the United States reels from a week of high-profile shootings, a new report on mass shootings calls on communities to intervene early when they see signs of violence, encourages businesses to consider crime prevention plans violence in the workplace and highlights the connection between domestic abuse, misogyny and mass murder.

The report, released Wednesday by the Secret Service’s National Center for Threat Assessment, analyzed 173 mass shootings that occurred in a five-year period, between January 2016 and December 2020, in public or semi-public spaces such as businesses, schools or churches. .

The publication coincides with a particularly deadly start to the year in the country, with 39 dead in six mass shootings, including one this week in Monterey Park, California, in which 11 people lost their lives in a dance hall while welcoming to the Lunar New Year.

“It happens too often,” Lina Alathari, the center’s director, said during a press conference ahead of the report’s release. According to Alathari, although the center has not specifically studied this week’s shootings, there are themes that are seen “over and over again” when analyzing these types of incidents.

The report is the last in the series carried out by the institution to review the problem of mass murders. While the previous ones looked specifically at 2017, 2018, and 2019, the new one spanned multiple years of damage and offered a “deeper analysis of attacker thinking and behavior.”

The center defines a mass attack as one in which three or more people, excluding the perpetrator, are injured. Almost all of these murders are perpetrated by a single person, 96% of the attackers were men and their ages ranged from 14 to 87 years.

According to the report, almost two-thirds of the offenders displayed behaviors or messages “so concerning that they should have been the subject of an immediate response.” Often these hints were reported to law enforcement, employers, school staff or parents, she added. But in 20% of cases, the concern about the behavior was not conveyed to anyone “in a position to respond, which demonstrates the need to continue promoting and facilitating the denunciation by witnesses.”

The document also called for greater attention to domestic violence and misogyny, noting that nearly half of the offenders analyzed had a history of domestic violence, misogynistic behavior, or both.

“While not all who hold misogynistic views are violent, views that describe women as the enemy or call for violence against them remain a cause for concern,” the report said.

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