Debasish Mridha, a US based neurologist stated "You solve a problem not by eliminating the problem, but by changing the perception and awareness of the problem." To protect our colleagues, family members and students from mass violence, we must adopt a proactive approach, rather than a reactive one. For many years, law enforcement, politicians and leaders in our society have reacted to the phenomena of mass violence by trying to figure out why and how the "last" incident could have happened. The better approach is to be proactive in recognizing the signs and triggers that may lead to a perpetrator committing an act in the first place.
Active shooters, spree killers and perpetrators of mass violence share common characteristics. As we pull back the layers on recent mass shootings, one thing becomes abundantly clear: the perpetrators, according to many psychologists, are motivated by revenge, envy and rejection. Others share a history of criminality that may include petty crimes, abuse of animals or violence toward loved ones. Politicians and pundits are quick to attack mass shooting scenarios as the work of the mentally ill, however millions of people have some kind of mental illness and never commit any acts of violence. Others state that the perpetrators are loners or rarely interact with others. However, in many scenarios, friends and family members have emerged only to state they were aware that something was off and they wished that they had said something.
Human beings can often recognize when something is amiss with a friend, schoolmate, colleague or loved one. Get involved, no matter how small you may perceive the issue to be. Ask questions and seek answers if something is not apparent. If nothing else, report strange behavior and incidents of violence to authorities. In particular, recognize that the brain development of teenagers can often present challenges to someone not trained in psychiatry, psychology or neuroscience. Seek professional help and never feel ashamed to report activity. The approach one must take is to recognize the risk factors ahead of time and become proactive in dealing with them, if we are to stop the next mass killing. Vindex Consultants can offer training to your business, school or organization to assist with recognizing and understanding the risk factors involved with active shooter scenarios. We believe that the solution to solving the problem rests in the communities surrounding the targets of mass violence. Our training will provide you with possible prevention techniques and tools. While no training system is foolproof, the lack of effective training foolhardy.