Mass shootings, gun violence, and policy: their recent history in our culture & more

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Guests: Jennifer Mascia and Joan Cook

Would gun control measures have prevented last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, California? That’s what many people across the country have been wondering in the wake of another horrific act of gun violence. Today, we’re joined by JENNIFER MASCIA, a staff writer at The Trace, who’ll update us what happened at the shootings in California and at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. We’ll also discuss how mass shootings are defined, the post-Sandy Hook atmosphere in the US, and whether or not were truly at a turning point when it comes to addressing gun violence in our culture. Then we’ll hear from JOAN COOK, associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, on how mass shootings induce “compassion fatigue” and how individuals respond to this kind of trauma.

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