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?
- Dr. Hank Schwartz - Psychiatrist-in-chief at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living, and Vice President of Behavioral Health at Hartford Healthcare
- Dr. Sherry Towers - Research Professor, Mathematical and Computational Modeling Sciences Center, Arizona State University
- Daniel Webster - Director, John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and Deputy Director for Research, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
- Gary Slutkin - Founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence, Professor of Epidemiology and International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 8th, 2015.