The most common type of mass shooting in the U.S. is a family mass shooting, which can involve an intimate partner or other family members, said Michigan State University’s April Zeoli. Even among people who commit mass shootings of non-family members, many have a history of domestic violence. Research published earlier this year found that 38 percent of known mass shooters had a history of domestic violence, of which either the justice system or media was aware.
Zeoli said that while there is not much research about why this connection exists, it does appear that “the history of domestic violence, the use of domestic violence, is more common in mass shootings than we would expect in the general public.” Zeoli joined PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham and My Sister’s House CEO Tosha Connors on Tuesday, June 15 to discuss the connection between guns, violence, and domestic violence.
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