What is an Empirical Social Scientist to Do in the Wake of a Mass Murder?

The way that one handles situations such as mass shootings, is that separation from the emotional state must be made, and clinic detachment inserted.
If we allow ourselves to become emotionally distraught, it will result in herd mentality. During my lifetime, I cannot place a number on what I have seen firsthand. It started with hunting with my father, then military, followed by employment in a slaughterhouse, and after that, on the streets as a cop. It bothers some people that I have the ability to detach emotionally, but someone must apply reason and logic at some point to get the job done or get through a bad situation. Only three funerals bothered me. My father’s, who was a real beloved guy from the WW2 generation. One of my brothers, he left behind babies, two weeks after his 41st birthday. My dog. He was like a son to me.

Gun Culture 2.0

I had a difficult but illuminating interaction recently with a scholar who I like and whose work I appreciate. He posted a comment on Twitter in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that I didn’t think reflected his best sociological imagination with respect to guns and violence. I responded by saying so. He did not appreciate me responding. Why? Because he was not looking to have a discussion or debate about what he said. He was just expressing an emotional response.

Re-reading what he wrote, I should have recognized this. He wrote “I never wanna hear anything about…” This is literally a true statement. He did not want to hear anything about it.

Moreover, it is probably the case that as a person in emotional distress in the wake of a mass murder at a school, he COULD NOT hear anything about it. He was literally unable to…

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