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.
The number of gun-related deaths per year in America is now at its highest point in the last 30 years. But in California, in that same time frame, the numbers have fallen by nearly 30 percent—due in no small part to the relentless efforts of Dr. Garen Wintemute.