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          Behind the Headlines: Aftermath of a Shooting

          January 19, 2011

          Dr. Phil takes an in-depth look behind the headlines to examine the aftermath of the Arizona shooting. Suspect Jared Lee Loughner reportedly opened fire at a peaceful community event, killing six people and wounding 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.

          In the aftermath of these events, many questions remain: Were there any warning signs? Could this tragedy have been prevented, and how can similar acts be prevented from happening again? 

          From Sweet Kid to Mass Murderer?
          Childhood friends described Jared Loughner as caring, kind and a sweet kid. He seemed headed for a bright future, but as the years passed, the adjectives used to describe Loughner changed to creepy, very hostile and someone who had a dark personality. How does someone go from an innocent-looking boy to an accused mass murderer? 

          Find out what happened, and hear from people who knew Jared. 

          Warning Signs of Mental Illness
          What are the warning signs ” if any ” of a possible mass murderer? And, a former classmate of Loughner says she saw the tragedy coming. Is getting rid of guns the answer? Hear from forensic psychologist Dr. Joel Dvoskin, legal analyst Lisa Bloom and former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt. And, Dr. Phil explains how to talk to someone you think may need help.

          “Hopefully, he will be out of class very soon and not come back with an automatic weapon.” 

          Meet some of the incredible survivors and the heroes who played important roles in saving lives. And, if your loved one has experienced a tragedy, know the warning signs of an adverse reaction and how to talk to him or her about it.

          “I’m a mama bear. That was not going to happen to my child.”  

          Final Thoughts

          “When I started the Dr. Phil show, now nine years ago, one of the things I said was I wanted to open up the dialogue about mental health and mental illness in America, and this is certainly too high a price for advancing that dialogue, but we have to take lessons from everything that happens,” Dr. Phil says. “I wish I could tell you that there’s a profile where we could predict who was going to become violent and who wasn’t, but we can’t identify which troubled person is going to do that. But what we can do is recognize that there are troubled people in society, and we can try, as citizens of the world, to reach out to them. If somebody had reached out to this person, would it have made a difference? We can only speculate. But I can tell you that our job is to be compassionate, our job is to reach out to those on the fringe, those who are disenfranchised. It’s our job.”

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