Florida shooting: Not just a mental health issue, UB expert says

Published February 21, 2018


An article on NBC News about last week’s massacre at a Florida high school and a letter from a Colorado father of four who claimed that the only thing that stopped him from carrying out his own bloodbath 30 years ago was his inability to get a gun interviews Amanda Nickerson, director of UB Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, who said the letter touched on two important themes in violence prevention: compassion and connectedness, as well as access to guns. "This is someone who can speak from a perspective of having been there and being able to reflect on what stopped him and what we can do further," she said. "Clearly it seemed like reflecting back he was saying he didn’t have that and we know that isolation and that lack of protective factors and connectedness makes a difference."

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