The Role of Domestic Violence in Mass Shootings
There are ways to see it coming. When Devin Kelley killed 26 people in a Texas church shooting on Sunday, he was just the latest perpetrator to also have a history of domestic violence. Since 2009, over half of the suspects in mass shootings have been linked to abuse of their relatives, with experts pointing to a perpetrator’s urge to control as the operative factor. The solution? More legal restriction and enforcement, but also more open discussion of such crimes, which could challenge deeply ingrained social norms about both domestic violence and gun access.