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On 4th Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook Massacre, Campaign to Spot Warning Signs of People Prone to Violence Gains Ground

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United States President Barack Obama attends a Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

Disturbed or obsessive behavior, as manifested in mass shootings that occurred in the U.S. over the past several years, can be horrifying. In the aftermath of shootings like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 20 kids and six educators four years ago, certain groups have rekindled discussions on what can be done to curb such violent rampage.

Americans observed a moment of silence and flags flew at half-staff across Connecticut to mark the fourth anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  In Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six educators were shot dead by a troubled 20-year-old named Adam Lanza. He shot his mother first before heading to the Connecticut school house and then killed himself after the rampage.

Public Outcry on Violence

In the face of violent incidents that have harmed or killed civilians that include children, informational campaigns and programs aimed at protecting youngsters from gun violence were created. The big question is whether imminent danger can be detected in real life and whether gun violence can be prevented.

Apart from viewing eye-opening video shows that reveal how to possibly spot or not overlook the signs pointing to someone in personal turmoil and planning a violent act, a keen observation of what is happening around us is vital.

The Telltale Signs

Being bullied over a considerable length of time has been one of the perceived causes of self-harm, suicide or outward violence. Being picked on at school or persecuted by other people can cause much aggravation.  Other telltale signs that may point to a tendency for violence are the fascination with mass shootings and a keen interest in firearm techniques and training.

An individual found stashing away a firearm at home or someplace else may also spell trouble. Parents seeing their family member’s unsupervised, illegal or easy access to firearms, as well as gestures of violence and low commitment or aspirations towards school, and a sudden change in academic performance must come forward.

The importance of mental health comes to the fore with events like mass shootings. Clearly, the need to prevent the grave effects of mental disorder that had gone unchecked becomes even more pressing.

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