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Queen's professor comments on California mass shooting

2014-05-26

Queen’s University professor Geoff Smith is available to comment on the recent mass shooting in Southern California and how there are many issues in play in the Santa Barbara tragedy.

“We need to remind ourselves how questions of gender, race and class have intersected in the past and how they connect here,” says Dr. Smith. “The complexities involved, of course, show the importance of looking at the larger picture – and those idiosyncratic and cultural structures that gird a growing epidemic of violence in North America. Yes, too many guns and knives. Yes, sidestepped mental health issues, but yes also, media propagation, anger, and feelings of inadequacy and isolation. Here is an explosive amalgam. We’ve seen it before, we'll see it again. In this instance, I’m afraid, we’ve met the enemy and it is us.”

Along with teaching a course on Society and Culture in 20th Century America, Dr. Smith attended the University of Santa Barbara in the early and mid-1960s and lived for two years in Isla Vista.

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