How would I go about setting up a national hotline for those contemplating a mass shooting?
September 4, 2012 10:39 AM Subscribe
I think it would be a good idea to set up a national hotline modeled after the suicide hotline for angry and alienated people who are contemplating a mass shooting in the US. I'd like to collect your thoughts.
posted by bookman117 to Human Relations (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
First of all, if I actually wanted to accomplish this, as a young college student with basically no power in the world, I imagine the best thing to do would be to go and speak to psychology and criminology professors on my campus, which I will probably do. To the extent that there is a conflict between preventing mass shootings and not scaring away potential callers so as to gather more info on this population via recorded phone conversations, I would want the hotline to tilt towards the latter. Even if not much in the way of useful or actionable information could be gleaned from the conversations, I think that just getting a better idea of how many people are contemplating this in our increasingly atomized and unequal society would probably be a good thing. I'd like to see if anyone has any suggestions, tips, ethical or legal reasons why this can't or shouldn't ever happen, political reasons why it never will happen, estimates of how likely I am to succeed, etc. Basically, what does the green think of this idea?