Aurora Shooting: “Encourage all to nurture safer communities”

Palaima: Encourage all to nurture safer communities

Tom Palaima, Local Contributor  Austin American-Statesman

Updated: 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Published: 7:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012  Print version July 25, 2012

Driving up to Denton on Friday afternoon I received a call from the Fox news station in Austin asking me whether the shooting in Aurora, Colo., was connected with “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman movie that was playing in the theater where James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and wounding 59 people.

For more than two decades, I have studied how human beings respond to violent acts in different historical and cultural settings. On Saturday, Austin’s CBS affiliate asked me how to talk to children about the Aurora shooting.
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