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The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic (Hardcover)

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"Groundbreaking." ―Rachel Louise Snyder, bestselling author of No Visible Bruises

An examination of the phenomenon of mass shootings in America and an urgent call to implement evidence-based strategies to stop these tragedies

 
Using data from the writers’ groundbreaking research on mass shooters, including first-person accounts from the perpetrators themselves, The Violence Project charts new pathways to prevention and innovative ways to stop the social contagion of violence. Frustrated by reactionary policy conversations that never seemed to convert into meaningful action, special investigator and psychologist Jill Peterson and sociologist James Densley built The Violence Project, the first comprehensive database of mass shooters. Their goal was to establish the root causes of mass shootings and figure out how to stop them by examining hundreds of data points in the life histories of more than 170 mass shooters—from their childhood and adolescence to their mental health and motives. They’ve also interviewed the living perpetrators of mass shootings and people who knew them, shooting survivors, victims’ families, first responders, and leading experts to gain a comprehensive firsthand understanding of the real stories behind them, rather than the sensationalized media narratives that too often prevail. For the first time, instead of offering thoughts and prayers for the victims of these crimes, Peterson and Densley share their data-driven solutions for exactly what we must do, at the individual level, in our communities, and as a country, to put an end to these tragedies that have defined our modern era.

About the Author


Jillian Peterson, PhD, has led large-scale research studies on mental illness and crime, school-shooting prevention, and mass violence, which have received national media attention. She is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Hamline University and the faculty director of the Center for Justice and Law. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. James Densley, PhD, is a professor of criminal justice and first University Scholar at Metropolitan State University, which is part of the Minnesota State system. He has quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on street gangs and youth violence, including cyber violence. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Praise For…


“This is a thorough, groundbreaking work … A gripping book that will captivate anyone seeking to understand why mass shootings occur and what might be done to recognize and intervene with potential shooters before they act.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Insightful and cautiously optimistic ... the authors’ nuanced portraits of mass shooters buttress the case that these tragedies ‘are not an inevitable fact of American life; they’re preventable.’ This is a sensitive and knowledgeable treatment of one of America’s most vexing social problems.”
 
— Publishers Weekly

“A bracing compilation of mass shooter profiles and first-person accounts from violent criminals ... a multifaceted study that is alternately horrifying, depressing, and even hopeful ... A distressing, critical study in the understanding, processing, and prevention of mass-casualty gun violence.”
 
— Kirkus Reviews

“One of the most comprehensive studies of the subject”
— Wall Street Journal

“Reading The Violence Project is like having the lights turned on in a dark stadium. Jillian Peterson and James Densley illuminate for us the darkest corners of our violent predilections. They’ve told us what to do; the rest is up to us. Groundbreaking!”
— Rachel Louise Snyder

“If you ever wondered how can we stop mass shootings, this is the book for you. By mixing compelling first-person interviews with mass shooters and significant data analysis, The Violence Project illustrates the tangible ways we can intervene and prevent a tragedy from occurring. No one is helpless—read this book and help stop violence before it starts.”
— Nicole Hockley

“It's a reframing of our mass shooting problem, beyond the familiar and mistaken messaging that bullying, video games and undiagnosed mental illness lay at the crux of the crimes....a reminder to open our eyes...It helpfully summarizes de-escalation techniques and it relays four D's of crisis, dangerous, disruptive, dysregulated or distressed behaviors... a courageous deep dive into a topic for public health that most researchers would rather forget.”
 
— Mitchell Daily Republic

“a must read for every school employee... While there is no simple solution to the problem, the book has numerous helpful suggestions, including one for the media. Give only minimal recognition to the shooter by name.”
 
— Morrison County Record

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419752957
ISBN-10: 1419752952
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English