Two young boys wrestling in fun; one has the other in an arm-lock circa 1955.

Two young boys wrestling in fun; one has the other in an arm-lock circa 1955.

If it seems there is a pattern in the perpetrators of America’s mass shootings … there is. Since the Columbine High School massacre, most of them have been white males who are 30 years old or younger.

Why is that?

One theory: A warped and toxic sense of masculinity is making some young men feel entitled to kill.

We learn what it means to “be a man” in a wide variety of ways, which also shapes our views on violence. How can a better understanding of masculinity help break a pattern of violence that’s become all too familiar in our society?

Guests

  • Michael Thompson Clinical psychologist and co-author of "Raising Cain"
  • Amy Dellinger Page Professor of sociology and department chair, Appalachian State University
  • James Hasson Third-year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law; former Army captain and Afghanistan veteran

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