Finding mass killers before they strike is a shared responsibility


New York Magazine — In the Science of Us feature of the magazine’s online edition, Brian Levin, a professor at Cal State San Bernardino and former member of law enforcement who has worked for anti-hate organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that mass killings like those in Isla Vista on May 23 and the Las Vegas shooting on June 8 tend to be preceded by warning signals — and that the burden of preventing them falls on all of us.

“If someone talks about suicide, if someone talks about murdering others, if someone has experienced a major life event that has been negative, these are things that we can look at,” said Levin, who is director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “And this is not something, frankly, that is merely a government or a law enforcement or an institutional problem. It’s really an issue with respect to people who have direct access to those who are expressing these kinds of warning signals.”

The article was published June 9, 2014.

Read the complete article at “We need to get better at identifying mass killers before they strike.