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Charlotte Talks: In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre, Some Perspective On Mass Shootings


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another mass shooting. This time Las Vegas. No doubt this will temporarily renew talk about gun control, public safety and mental illness. A conversation about how to make sense of this and what to do about it.

Sunday night, the Las Vegas strip became a killing ground. One man on the 32nd floor of a hotel shot into a crowd of 20 thousand. It was described as shooting fish in a barrel. He killed nearly 60 people and injured hundreds more making this latest massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history. These events are happening more frequently and with increasing lethality.

After these events, we hear about gun control, treatment for mental illness and public safety yet little seems to change. Mike Collins talks with experts about why this continues to happen and what can or should be done. We also open the phones to hear from you.


Cynthia Combs - Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte

Dr. Frederic Lemieux - Professor of the Practice for Applied Intelligence Program, Georgetown University (Related: Six things to know about mass shootings in America)

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.