Lone Wolf Attacker

Stopping the Lone Wolf Attack

Active shooter incidents/domestic terrorist attacks carried out by an individual have become the rule, not the exception. These types of cases are often referred to as “lone wolf attacks”, and they are only accelerating in number. Here are the facts: There have been 98 lone wolf attacks between 1980 and 2013 45 of these cases have taken place since 9/11 Why can’t we prevent the lone wolf from attacking? Although these lone wolf attackers are not new perpetrators of violence against innocent people, warning signs are readily available in our technological world. But, first it is important to understand the behavioral characteristics of a potential lone wolf. Characteristics What came first, the chicken or the egg? Some lone wolf attackers are radicalized, but some are subject to mental illness that intensifies any type of perceived wrong or injustice they cling to as a trigger for violence. The important thing to note is that lone wolf attackers do not necessarily come from the same social economic background or utilize the same type of weapon. 65% are white males 49% are anti-government, 51% are hate crimes 59% use firearms, 25% use explosives, 5% use both However, lone wolf attackers often share...

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