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Hosts: Scott LaMar and Mary Wilson
What to look for Smart Talk Thursday, March 6, 2014:
Since 2010, there have been 14 mass shootings across America. Mass shootings and violent crime are sometimes attributed to issues such as media coverage, mental illness, violence in video games, bullying, availability of guns, and lax security in schools.
Under a state senate resolution last year, The Joint State Government Commission appointed an Advisory Committee to conduct a study on violence prevention and make recommendations based on its findings.
Glenn Pasewicz, executive director of the Joint State Government Commission and Assistant Counsel Yvonne Hursh appear on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss the study and its recommendations.
Glenn Pasewicz and Yvonne Hursh
The report focuses on media, mental health, school safety, and firearms.
For example, the report makes a number of recommendations on who should or shouldn't possess a gun.
It also recommends media deny celebrity status to perpetrators and that parents take a more active role in screening children’s exposure to violence.
The report encourages early intervention for those who who may be mentally ill by providing additional training and education to those who come in contact with mentally ill or developmentally disabled individuals.
To view the report, click here.
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