The Colorado Shooting Leaves Us Wondering: What Makes a Person Violent?
The tragic mass shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado just after midnight on Friday, July 20th, left at least 12 people dead, 59 people wounded, and millions of people stunned as to what could possibly drive a person to commit such a violent act.
With no motive, we are left to wonder why James Holmes, a 24-year-old former neuroscience student, chose to walk into a crowded movie theater and open fire on a crowd of innocent people. Beneath the sensationalistic news coverage and the heartfelt condolences from across the country, lies an important question: What makes a human being become violent?
In light of this recent tragedy, we wanted to share an interview series with violence expert Dr. James Gilligan, who speaks to both the nature of violence and how to prevent violence from recurring.
Read more from Dr. James Gilligan here
Watch Dr. Donald Meichenbaum discuss The Nature of Violence
Read Dr. Lisa Firestone’s article on The Inner Voices Behind Violent Behavior
VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESOURCES:
Boys Town Hotline – 1-800-448-3000 (24/7)
Covenant House Nineline – 1-800-999-9999 (24/7)
National Center for Victims of Crimes 1-800-394-2255
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
Tags: gun violence, mass shooting, violence, violence prevention