These attacks, which mainly involved firearms many of which were illegally possessed, were typically carried out by non-Hispanic Whites and those within the 15-34 year old age range. Most of these attackers, 51%, had a history of criminal charges but only 22% of those charges were for violent offenses. However, overall 46% of attackers had a history of violent behavior, including domestic violence incidents. Most attackers had previously “exhibited behavior that elicited concern,” emphasizing the need to encourage people to report alarming behavior to the appropriate channels. The report also suggest the following options for minimizing the frequency and impacts of mass attacks: establish “threat assessment programs” for work places and other public venues; “enforce existing firearm laws”; “provide crisis intervention, drug treatment, and mental health treatment”; and encourage recognition of “the risk of crime and violence.”
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Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz