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RADIO: Gun Violence in America is the result of the policies we make | WBUR’s Here and Now

Officials are still looking for clues of a motive behind Tuesday’s mass shooting that left at 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California. The suspected attackers were identified by police as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27. Both were killed last night in a gun battle with police.

As authorities work to uncover the story of the killing and the motivation behind it, everyday Americans are struggling to process the violence – especially as mass shootings become more common.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Dr. Jonathan Metzl, a sociologist and psychiatrist who studies mass shootings, for a look at how people come to terms with such attacks and grapple with biases as they search for an explanation.

If you are feeling hopeless about guns, please keep in mind that gun violence in America is the result of specific decisions we make and specific policies.


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