In Part 1 I detailed David Kennedy’s amazing success reducing street gang shootings all across America (http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Shoot-Fellowship-Violence-Inner-City/dp/1608194140). The conclusion he offered was:
- Study the problem.
- Find promising approaches.
- Try them out.
- See how they work.
- Apply effective ones across the country.
- Targeting isolation and mental health in children to offer connection and support to families early. Mass shooters almost always turn out to have nobody in their life who knows them deeply. Let’s bring focused care to young couples and their children–at worst spending community money to give special attention to troubled kids (especially boys) who might not be killers, but could give so much more to the rest of us with the right help.
- Taking a closer look at involuntary hospitalization laws in different states (stronger laws seem to be associated with fewer mass shootings).
- Successful anti-bullying campaigns get kids involved in mediation and other forms of adult partnership and feeling more responsible for their school cultures. What if these programs extended to social isolation, or even danger concerns about other kids?
- Promoting a national culture that finds wide proliferation of assault weapons objectionable. Countries where owning assault weapons is not practical or fashionable have way less gun violence.