Minneapolis Mass Shooting 5/22/21, Author Chad Davis, Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/146321178@N05/51196885820/
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- 6 were killed and 12 injured in a recent mass shooting in Sacramento . Three shooters were subsequently identified, and found to have domestic violence backgrounds [2A].
- Last year, a man who murdered 9 coworkers at a railyard had earlier been accused of sexual assault and abusive behavior toward a girlfriend [2B].
- The man who murdered 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in 2016 had beaten and strangled his former wife [2C].
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions reports that 7 of 10 mass shootings were committed by batterers [2D].
A study in the Journal of Injury Epidemiology confirms that violence against a partner and violence against a stranger are closely related . Between 2014 and 2019, 75 of 110 mass shootings were either domestic abuse related or perpetrated by an individual with a domestic abuse background.
Sex trafficking (often viewed as a separate category) must, also, be included in this mix [2E].
Not all domestic abusers will, of course, become mass murderers . The link, however, is very strong.
A number of psychoanalysts believe that many mass murders have a borderline personality.
Available evidence though suggests that the vast majority do not suffer from serious mental illness (schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder) .
The Christian Perspective
From a Christian perspective, none of this comes as a real surprise. We are commanded not to kill. That commandment is straightforward.
“You shall not murder” (Ex. 20: 13 NKJV).
 Sacramento Bee, “6 killed, 12 hurt in Sacramento shooting; police find gun, search for ‘multiple shooters'” by Sam Stanton et al, 4/4/22, https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article260065985.html.
[2A through 2E] LA Times, “Column: Both Sacramento shooting suspects had a history of domestic violence. It’s a warning sign” by Anita Chabria, 4/3/22, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-12/domestic-violence-link-sacramento-shooting-guns.
 Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV), “Study: Two-Thirds Mass Shootings Linked to Domestic Violence” by Lisa Geller, https://efsgv.org/press/study-two-thirds-of-mass-shootings-linked-to-domestic-violence/.
 Journal of Injury Epidemiology (IE), “The role of domestic violence in fatal mass shootings in the United States (2014-2019)” by Lisa Geller, Marisa Booty, and Cassandra Crifasi, 5/31/21, https://injepijournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40621-021-00330-0.
 Safer Families/Safer Communities, “An Intimate Connection: Gun Violence and Domestic Violence” by Katie Ziomek JD, 7/1/16, https://www.preventdvgunviolence.org/news/an-intimate-connection.html.
 Psychiatric Times, “Mass Shooters and the Psychopathology Spectrum” by Ronald Pies MD, 2/17/20, https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/mass-shooters-and-psychopathology-spectrum.
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