Lessons from Santa Barbara: Why We Need a Long-Term Approach to Ending Violence
William James College In the News
After tragedies like the one in Santa Barbara, we question why these terrible things happen and ask how they could have been prevented. We ask because we hope these same acts will not happen in our neighborhoods. We ask because we want to feel in control. However, our focus is often on the perpetrators of such violence; we psychoanalyze them from a distance even though that is impossible. We pour over their histories, as if they were novels, to look for warning signs that should have been flagged, but were not.