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Mass Shootings and Mental Illness


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The Century 16 movie theatre is seen where a gunmen attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.
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The Century 16 movie theatre is seen where a gunmen attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

There have been several high-profile mass shootings recently. Twelve people were slain in the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, a gunman killed six in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and in April, an angry former student killed seven people at Oikos University in Oakland. Forum discusses mental illness and mass shootings. Can anything be done to predict and prevent such violent acts, and what do we know about what causes people to commit them?

Host: Spencer Michels

Guests:

  • Brian Russell, forensic psychologist and attorney
  • Dave Cullen, author of "Columbine" and a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, Times of London, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, Daily Beast and the Guardian
  • David Eagleman, neuroscientist and director of the Initiative of Neuroscience and the Law at the Baylor College of Medicine, and author of "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain"
  • Dr. Karen Franklin, forensic psychologist and teaches forensic psychology at The California School of Professional Psychology
  • Ellen Cervellon, nursing director at Oikos University and gunman One L. Goh's former teacher

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