J. M. Shultz

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Among rampage shooting massacres, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012 galvanized public attention. In this Commentary we examine the features of this episode of gun violence that has sparked strong reactions and energized discourse that may ultimately lead toward constructive solutions to diminish high rates of firearm deaths and(More)
Background The December 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, vaulted concerns regarding gun violence to the forefront of public attention. This high-visibility incident occurred within the epidemiological context of U.S. firearm mortality that claims more than 88 lives daily. Methods National epidemiologic(More)
Over the past two decades, school shootings within the United States have repeatedly devastated communities and shaken public opinion. Many of these attacks appear to be 'lone wolf' ones driven by specific individual motivations, and the identification of precursor signals and hence actionable policy measures would thus seem highly unlikely. Here, we take a(More)
Introduction Hazard avoidance, achieved through a combination of prevention and mitigation, has been advocated as a prudent and cost-effective approach to disaster risk reduction, particularly when compared with preparedness, response, and recovery from disaster impacts. 1 We illustrate this principle with a comparison of the flood experiences of two(More)
Background On March 11, 2011, a Richter Magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in the ocean along a seismically-active tectonic plate boundary 120 km east of Japan's main island, Honshu. The earthquake launched a tsunami of immense magnitude, surging toward the Japanese coastline with limited time to warn coastal residents. As the tsunami crashed ashore, several(More)
The phenomenon of mass shootings has emerged over the past 50 years. A high proportion of rampage shootings have occurred in the United States, and secondarily, in European nations with otherwise low firearm homicide rates; yet, paradoxically, shooting massacres are not prominent in the Latin American nations with the highest firearm homicide rates in the(More)