December 2012

Guns and violence; A rant; A new resource In This Issue SAVVY – Lessons to be learned from gun control in Australia and California SKILLS – A biopsychosocial view of guns and violence SOUL – Ranting and cultural competence SHARING SOLUTIONS – The new Motivational Interviewing edition SAVVY I am no gun expert – either in handling a gun or in the research on guns and violence.  However it is hard to keep silent in the wake of two shocking gun violence killings within three days of each other – December 11 Clakamas Mall shooting in Orgeon with two deaths in addition to the shooter’s life (and there would have been many more death had his gun not jammed) – and the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut leaving 20 schoolchildren, 6 teachers and staff members, the gunman and his mother dead. On December 18 in my local “big city” newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, Will Oremus, a staff writer for SLATE shared his viewpoint on the gun control lessons the USA might learn from a mass shooting in Australia. I remember being shocked in April of 1996, when hearing about the gunman who had opened fire on tourists in …