The health damages of mass shootings are visible across communities

A grim and familiar pattern has emerged following a parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention is focused on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses.

But a growing body of research suggests that the negative effects of mass shootings extend far further than previously thought, harming the health of local residents who were not directly affected by the violence. Mental health experts say the recognition should prompt authorities to direct more attention and resources to preventing such incidents – and helping a wider group of people after all.

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