Many Mass Shooters Have One Thing Common: A History of Domestic Violence

At first glance, mass shooters like James Hodgkinson, who authorities say opened fire Wednesday morning as Republicans practiced for a Congressional Baseball Game, seem like a diverse group.Hodgkinson, whose attack injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers, frequently criticized President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders on social media and in letters to his local newspaper and contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., 14 times to criticize Republicans. Past mass shooters have indicated wildly different political beliefs or motivations. With no common ideology or goal uniting the perpetrators of such horrific violence, how can we identify those likely to perpetrate mass shootings and prevent them from doing so?There is one thing, though, that an alarming number of the recent mass shooters in the U.S. share: A history of aggression and violence toward women.   Continue reading...

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