Is Violence Contagious? | Connecticut Public Radio

Is Violence Contagious?

Dec 8, 2015

Violent crime in America has been dropping for years, reaching a point in 2012 that was roughly half of what it was in 1993. But that may be changing.

While there are a lot of reasons why violence is spiking, police officers note a growing willingness to use violence to settle minor disputes.

There have been hundreds of mass shootings since 26 people were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The violence is fueled by easy access to guns and seems to spread like a contagious disease.

By definition, a contagion feeds off itself and is difficult to stop. It can destabilize fragile, otherwise controlled people who perform acts of violence after observing shooting after shooting. Are we entering a more dangerous period of highly-visible shootings?


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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 8th, 2015.