In recent years, there have been several seemingly random acts of violence by young males in the U.S. - shootings in Aurora, Colorado and the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, and bombings in Boston, Massachusetts. Following each incident, politicians and media commentators across the political spectrum have sought to explain how such tragic events could happen here in the U.S and how we should react to them. Furthermore, after the lock-down following the Boston bombings in April, opinion remains divided over the balance between security and individual liberty.
Patrick J Egan
Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Policy at New York University
Nancy McDermott writes about public policy, private sphere and personal autonomy.
Claire Bond Potter
Professor of History at the New School for Public Engagement