“Over and over again, from the records, what we saw is that law enforcement was able to intervene and remove firearms because they got a tip,” UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program director and Center for Violence Prevention Research champion Dr. Garen Wintemute said.
University of California-Davis medical school researchers published a study examining 21 cases in which gun violence restraining orders were obtained through the courts because of potential mass shooting threats. Lead author was Garen Wintemute, champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea.
Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its “red flag” law appears to be helping to reduce the chance of mass shootings, according to a study released Monday by the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research, said that while extreme risk protection orders originally pertained to people at risk for suicide, he believes it could have some benefit when identifying possible mass shooters as well.
NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis and champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea, about the shift in people's behaviors in the aftermath of mass shootings.
How do we explain and stop mass shootings like those in El Paso and Dayton? Some Americans point to guns, saying they're too common and easy to obtain, while others emphasize the mental and emotional conditions that could drive perpetrators to inflict such horror.