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Aftermath Of Tragedy: Why Does A Person Turn Violent?

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Why? that's a question that no one can answer. 

Why does one person turn violent and pick up a gun and the next person with the same issues does not ?  

It's a question we explored  for our 5p Studio 11 LA newscast with Kita Curry, who's a PhD psychologist with the well respected "Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Center'' based in Culver City.  She runs the place, and she's also been a counselor for 30 years.  Her expert opinion is that because instances of mass murder are still (relatively) few, you can't predict that kind of behavior. 

There are certain ‘'risk factors'' for violence, such as a past history of being violent (which sounds obvious), drug or alcohol abuse, being paranoid, and being exposed to violence.

But as to what ‘'triggers'' someone to snap, that's still a question that has to be evaluated in each individual case.  It's a combination of genetics, of environment, of life experiences.    So despite all we know about the brain, about brain chemistry, about the value of therapy, you can't say ‘' John Zawahri will grow up to be a psycho killer and John Smith will not."

The frustrating this is in this particular case there were huge, glaring red light warning signs. An arrest as a teenager, obsession with weapons and bomb making materials,  psychiatric treatment, expulsion from school--so clearly, this was a disaster waiting to happen. 

But what are you doing to do, assign a 24/7 police officer to watch him?

We live in a free society. One man's obsession with weapons turns deadly and another guy turns it into a reality show.  We don't know when the fuse will be lit and the explosion goes off. What the triggers are. What made him snap likely died with him unless he left some clues or notes , which at this point haven't surfaced.   What we do know is there will be another one of these episodes and then we'll ask the same questions again and get the same frustrating answers.

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