|Digital List Price:||$15.54|
|Kindle Price:|| $11.99 |
Save $3.55 (23%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Follow the Authors
The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic Kindle Edition
Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip.
View high quality images that let you zoom in to take a closer look.
Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more.
Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration.
An examination of the phenomenon of mass shootings in America and an urgent call to implement evidence-based strategies to stop these tragedies
Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award
Using data from the writers’ groundbreaking research on mass shooters, including first-person accounts from the perpetrators themselves, The Violence Project charts new pathways to prevention and innovative ways to stop the social contagion of violence. Frustrated by reactionary policy conversations that never seemed to convert into meaningful action, special investigator and psychologist Jill Peterson and sociologist James Densley built The Violence Project, the first comprehensive database of mass shooters. Their goal was to establish the root causes of mass shootings and figure out how to stop them by examining hundreds of data points in the life histories of more than 170 mass shooters—from their childhood and adolescence to their mental health and motives. They’ve also interviewed the living perpetrators of mass shootings and people who knew them, shooting survivors, victims’ families, first responders, and leading experts to gain a comprehensive firsthand understanding of the real stories behind them, rather than the sensationalized media narratives that too often prevail. For the first time, instead of offering thoughts and prayers for the victims of these crimes, Peterson and Densley share their data-driven solutions for exactly what we must do, at the individual level, in our communities, and as a country, to put an end to these tragedies that have defined our modern era.
“Insightful and cautiously optimistic ... the authors’ nuanced portraits of mass shooters buttress the case that these tragedies ‘are not an inevitable fact of American life; they’re preventable.’ This is a sensitive and knowledgeable treatment of one of America’s most vexing social problems.”
“A bracing compilation of mass shooter profiles and first-person accounts from violent criminals ... a multifaceted study that is alternately horrifying, depressing, and even hopeful ... A distressing, critical study in the understanding, processing, and prevention of mass-casualty gun violence.”
“One of the most comprehensive studies of the subject”―Wall Street Journal
“[The] book identifies 34 potential solutions to the mass shooting epidemic...[it] focuses on understanding past mass shooters and preventing future ones by showing that our approach to mass shooters is flawed. By painting them as one-dimensional monsters, we avoid society's involvement. And that stops us from solving the problem.”―Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Reading The Violence Project is like having the lights turned on in a dark stadium. Jillian Peterson and James Densley illuminate for us the darkest corners of our violent predilections. They’ve told us what to do; the rest is up to us. Groundbreaking!”―Rachel Louise Snyder, bestselling author of No Visible Bruises
“If you ever wondered how can we stop mass shootings, this is the book for you. By mixing compelling first-person interviews with mass shooters and significant data analysis, The Violence Project illustrates the tangible ways we can intervene and prevent a tragedy from occurring. No one is helpless—read this book and help stop violence before it starts.”―Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director, Sandy Hook Promise
“It's a reframing of our mass shooting problem, beyond the familiar and mistaken messaging that bullying, video games and undiagnosed mental illness lay at the crux of the crimes....a reminder to open our eyes...It helpfully summarizes de-escalation techniques and it relays four D's of crisis, dangerous, disruptive, dysregulated or distressed behaviors... a courageous deep dive into a topic for public health that most researchers would rather forget.”
―Mitchell Daily Republic
“a must read for every school employee... While there is no simple solution to the problem, the book has numerous helpful suggestions, including one for the media. Give only minimal recognition to the shooter by name.”
―Morrison County Record
“A moving book that not only translates the authors’ years of research, but also synthesizes the available literature on mass shootings in an easily digestible, yet compelling format for the lay audience... an essential read.”―The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
"The Violence Project work is a statement of hope in a time when it is easy to feel that Americans have become so inured to gun violence that we simply accept it as standard operating procedure"―Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
"For teachers, business owners, parents, and health care providers, for anyone passionate about gun control laws, or anyone yearning to know more—this text is for everyone. The Violence Project tells you everything you need to know about the mass shooting epidemic in the United States and offers evidence-based solutions as to how this crisis can be abated. The authors discuss everything from live shooter drills to security products, explaining what works and what doesn’t based upon their extensive research."
―True Crime Index
“One major advantage of this book over others is that it directly addresses the ‘So what can I do?’ dilemma. Unlike journal articles and books that focus on state or Federal policy efforts, this book offers a three-part approach to prevention. The book recommends steps we can take as individuals, institutions, and as a society. … This book emphasizes concrete action, with links and descriptions of resources that can help facilitation these actions. In doing so, this book gives the reader a sense that mass shootings are preventable if we are willing to take a few basic steps to get started.”―Crime Prevention and Community Safety --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08WJV7W3P
- Publisher : Abrams Press (September 7, 2021)
- Publication date : September 7, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2303 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 242 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,369 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the authors
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
(I also agree John Lott is a poor researcher. Lott twisted stats to fit NRA extreme ideology.)
Their project is excellent for troubled youth, but as far as “mass shooters” it’s more an attempt to empty the ocean with a spoon. There are just too many guns. We must focus on regulating all “legal” guns. 1,000 legal guns are ‘stolen’ every day. Many more are misused by family (e.g., school shooters). If you want to reduce gun violence, do like the UK - regulate them.
They often veered off topic. Still great research and 5 stars. For example, they said a ‘civilian’ assault rifle is different from military because it’s not automatic. That’s an NRA lie. The “standard” military rifle is also “semi-automatic” (not fully auto). They don’t hand out automatic machine guns to everyone in the military.
They also helped the NRA by shifting blame away from guns and to the mentally ill. And no, most mass shooters do not have documented records of mental illness as they said.
They said smaller diameter bullets are less powerful. Wrong again. The assault rifle uses a caliber as tiny as the mouse-killing 22-caliber, but 10X more powerful.
They said the majority owns more guns than minority. (I’ll keep color out because it’s divisive.) Minorities have a “higher” gun ownership rate than the majority. Also, the majority is under-represented as perpetrators of mass shootings and hate crimes, and one of the minority groups is overrepresented. Skin is not a cause, as is social and historic disunity and injustice.
They said that American men are “more” traumatized after losing jobs because of being the “provider” and from the Puritan work ethic in America. I think if they study around the world, they will edit that bias out. Regardless, most school shooters didn’t have a wife and children to provide for.
They talked about police “clapping hands in the face” in peer support role playing. Most large departments use CISM and there is nothing of the sort. For example, NYPD uses POPPA amongst other groups that are well trained. They also caution you never to ask “are you thinking of hurting yourself” as the author does. Someone who is suicidal often will not regard suicide as “hurt” but as relieving severe pain.
They talked about far-right extremism like Jan 6 (I agree) but omitted far left extremism.
They said most criminals buy guns legally. False. However, almost every gun starts legal so we have to regulate "all" legal gun sales.
They detract into history and talk about abuse of natives, etc. Pre-Columbian history of rampant inter-tribal slavery and warfare in Mesoamerica would put that in more objective context. Atrocities as well as peace efforts came from all sides. We are one human race, and all have dirty laundry so the racism in this book detracts from their otherwise superb research.
Similarly, they mentioned police error (and again unwittingly spread NRA slander commonly used to divert attention from the ‘gun’). For example, Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson in Parkland did not “freeze” as they assumed. He took immediate cover as trained, while constantly communicating by radio to keep “his kids” safe. But he was on a different radio frequency than the responding police agency that alone had real time messages from 911 dispatchers. The lawyers of the victims cannot sue the gun manufacturer (S&W) due to a ridiculous federal law, so they typically blame police or school districts since both have deeper pockets than young shooters.
I agree we need alternatives to police arrests. From my own experience in a high crime precinct, my feeling is more police are often not needed as much as SPED teachers. The street criminals I arrested before my retirement were almost all learning disabled and worse. But they were basically good kids, except maybe a few. All needed help. (I'd still question the honesty of their jailhouse interviews.)
They trivialized school lockdowns. Lockdowns do not just concern mass shooters. Some just isolate the school from outside criminal activity and classes continue as usual. I agree against the role playing though.
They said video games have no impact on violence and reference a UK study of 14- and 15-year-olds. But in the UK “violent” content video games are rated for age 16 and higher.
They said mass shooting “stopped” during COVID. That's inaccurate.
They said there are more shootings in schools with armed police. Did they consider there are often more police in schools that have high crime?
Bottom line, their work is excellent, superb, but not for preventing mass shootings per se. It’s more appropriate for helping troubled kids. We must urgently get rid of unnecessary guns. If you have a reason to own a gun, fine. Prove it, get a permit, get an extensive background check, and register and insure every firearm. If you get it ‘stolen’, own several, or own relatively more lethal firearms, your insurance goes up, just like a car. But the common denominator is to regulate all “legal” firearms, including the hundreds of thousands sold by Texas border town gun stores to drug cartels in Mexico. (Google Map El Paso Texas gun stores.) And we have to reverse the trend in allowing more concealed carry permits for the asking. What kind of self-defense is it when everyone is armed? Civil society relies on laws, not vigilantes.
The best thing about this book, other than the research, is that they authors stuck true their promise to not name the shooters. This is probably the biggest deterrent to overall planning . stopping immediate access to quick kill, high body count weapons for those with mental health issues or previous arrests seems to be the 2nd biggest deterrent.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. If their political stance offends, simply move on through it because what they have found is well worth the read.
• new interviews of perpetrators
• studies of all the statistics
• review of red flag & gun options
• role of video games
This quick read should be required:
• for legislators at all levels
• for school boards everywhere
• and for every citizen of this republic of hurt people hurting people
Those who are Trump loyalists or wish the 2nd Amendment allowed you to own your own tank & nukes, just skip over the parts you don't like and glean the rest.