In this chapter, the authors address four areas particularly relevant to understanding important topics related to gun-involved violence. First, they provide a general overview of violence, setting forth commonly recognized definitions and types, psychological components and theories, and psychiatric disorders most closely associated with violence. Second, they address firearm-related violence and crime with respect to national and state-based statistics as well as relevant theories and empirical research in this domain. Third, they discuss various high-profile shootings, including an overview of some of the more infamous mass shootings in the modern-day United States, followed by theories and research relevant to mass shootings (including school shootings). The authors also focus on the relationship between mental illness and firearm-related violence.
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