Mass Shootings And Their Effect On The American Psyche

Mass Shootings And Their Effect On The American Psyche

A massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has left Americans once again asking how we can stop gun violence. Diane and her guests discuss the effects of mass shootings on the American psyche.

Reaction to Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been loud and swift. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on President Barack Obama to make gun control his No. 1 agenda. The dean of Washington’s National Cathedral said, “enough is enough ... the massacre of these 28 people in Connecticut is ... the last straw." A sense of helplessness and frustration is palpable across the nation. While many are calling for more controls on guns and ammunition, others say we must focus on creating a more accessible mental health system. They worry we aren’t doing enough to de-stigmatize treatment. Diane and her guests discuss the effects of mass shootings on the American psyche.

Guests

Ladd Everitt

director of communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Daniel Webster

co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Alan Lipman

director of the Center for the Study of Violence and professor at the George Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Jana Martin

clinical psychologist with 30 years of practice with children and families. Dr. Martin also leads public education efforts with the American Psychological Association.

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