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New Report Puts Focus On Threat Assessment In Gun Violence Prevention

By: Jaclyn Piermarini
By: Jaclyn Piermarini

The report was commissioned in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

The study focused on things that have worked to improve gun violence prediction and prevention.

They found that primary prevention would reduce risk for violence in the general population.

Study co-author Dr. Dewey Cornell says secondary programs can help people who are having emotional issues before they ever feel the need to turn violent.

"In almost every one of the mass shootings that we've seen, there have been family members and friends who were deeply concerned about the person but didn't know who to go to for help."

So what are we doing right?

You might be relieved to know that prevention is something that Albemarle county schools has already been working on for years.

"We've been working with Dr. Dewey Cornell at the University of Virginia for over a decade to really focus on issues like mental health in our schools as well as issues like bullying.”

What more needs to be done? Dr. Cornell says prevention needs to be a priority.

"Our community mental health services have been stretched to the limit as we know in Virginia and what we need though are resources available for people to contact when they are concerned about someone.”

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