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Risk factors for youth violence should guide policy in response to mass shootings

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

An international committee of experts on aggression and youth violence issued a report urging policymakers to consider the research before arming schoolteachers or implementing other measures in response to the latest school shootings. Two Iowa State researchers stress that multiple risk factors contribute to violent acts, but too often policymakers, media and the public focus on a single cause.