February 14th, 2008


NIU, VA Tech, and mass shootings: some thoughts

I think everybody has abandoned posts in files somewhere; stuff you wrote up, but never finished, or finished but then never got around to posting.

I wrote the original form of this after the Virginia Tech massacre, but never posted it. For a combination of reasons: I wasn't entirely happy with the concluding parts; I didn't think it would go well coming so soon after the massacre; and as time passed, I realized I'd been thankfully wrong about a couple of predictions (the first paragraph is one). But as recent events make clear, I think it's better to post this; I know lots of people who work in university settings, which appears to be the default for things like this. And it's worth thinking about these scenarios, and what you can do to be prepared.

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