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The Link Between Mass Shootings, Domestic Violence and Suicide

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Nov 23, 2017
  • 17:03

Guest: Sonia Salari, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Utah Half of mass shootings that have taken place in the United States during the last decade have had one thing in common: they stemmed from domestic violence. The man who killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church last month was believed to have been targeting his in-laws and had previous domestic violence charges that should have prevented him from owning a firearm. The gunman who killed three of his neighbors and then attacked an elementary school in Northern California last week, first killed his wife and hid her body. Sonia Salari's research indicates a strong link between domestic violence, suicide and firearms.