“There is something about an event where someone’s trying to inflict harm that is extremely disturbing and hard to cope with. Social support after such an event is important, particularly for that subset of people who are likelier to develop mental health issues. They can have problems for years after the event.”
And, they can fall through the cracks of a system overwhelmed by an unprecedented level of violence, he said. An FBI study of active shooter incidents in the U.S. between 2000 and 2013 described 160 incidents in 40 states resulting in more than 1,000 casualties.
“This kind of thing is just unimaginable, although there’s a lot of data that we’re going to start having to imagine it. We can’t undo it. We just need to do everything we can to work collaboratively to be better prepared.”
The new center will draw on research already done, including three former mass violence incidents extensively studied by the NCVRTC: the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Disturbances; the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist bombing; and the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack.