Expert: Lack of Research Funding Hurts Targeting Likely Mass Shooters

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The mass shooting this week in California marks more than 300 times four or more people have been killed by gunfire in the U.S. this year.

That’s almost one mass shooting every day.

The Director of the University of Michigan Injury Center, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, has spent two decades studying how to prevent such violence.

Dr. Rebecca Cunningham

But Cunningham says a lack of funding to help examine the issue has made it difficult to specifically pinpoint the factors that could create a potential mass killer.

We don’t know the best way yet to identify folks,” Cunningham says, “Because there’s been virtually no research in this field for 20 years.”

Cunningham says there are certain signs that someone might be likely to become violent, however.

She talked about it with WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter.


Click the audio link above to hear the full interview

Image credit: Sgt. Dwayne Gill/Michigan State Police

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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