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Why Do Mass Shootings Keep Happening In The US?

Experts and listeners dialogue about gun violence in the US – from the high incidence of mass shootings to gun culture, mental health and legislation.



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The mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado on Monday happened less than a week after a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which some also view as a hate crime.

Those two tragedies are actually among at least seven mass shootings in the US over the past week.

Last Saturday alone, there were three incidents, including one that took place in Houston when five people were shot after a disturbance inside a club.

Why does it keep happening?

What does it say about who we are?

And how do we change things?

Today, we talk about gun violence in the US with a philosopher who specializes in ethics and a sociologist who specializes in criminology. Listeners share their opinions, reactions and stories.


Michael Austin:

  • Professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Author of "God and Guns in America"

Luis Salinas:

  • Lecturer of Sociology of Family and Criminology at the University of Houston

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