The connections between mass shootings and domestic violence

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Guests: Jeannine Lisitski, Azadeh Aalai, Michael Hirsh

As mass shootings have multiplied, researchers are searching for similarities between the attackers. One such connection appears to be perpetrating domestic violence. The shooter in Orlando allegedly beat his now ex-wife.  An analysis of FBI data on mass shootings from 2009 to 2015 by the gun control group “Everytown for Gun Safety” found that almost 60% of the cases included a spouse, former spouse or other family member among the victims — and that 16 percent of the attackers had previously been charged with domestic violence. We’ll talk about the link with JEANNINE LISITSKI, Executive director and President of Women Against Abuse, and AZADEH AALAI, an assistant professor of Psychology at Queensborough Community College in New York.  Then, Marty talks with MICHAEL HIRSH, national editor for Politico Magazine about his recent article “Why didn’t the FBI stop Omar Mateen?”

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