Very interesting article in Mother Jones about how high schools; colleges; and other institutions are partnering with cops and other social service providers to form "threat assessment teams" to identify - and hopefully prevent - possible mass shooters. The article is a longish (~20 minute) read. But it provides at least a ray of hope for a problem that is definitely getting worse in this country. From a purely civil liberties perspective, I'm not sure quite how I feel about the police, school administrators, etc. confronting people who - technically, at least - have not committed any crime. But, on balance, I'd have to say this sort of program seems like a far better use of law enforcement resources than a lot of the other boondoggles we waste police time and money on. These Threat Assessment Teams are not perfect: The individual described above (Ayala) fell off the radar when he moved to another city: Considering the tens of billions we spend fighting Islamic Terrorism (a problem that statistically doesn't exist in the US) - I wish we were doing more to combat the problem of Mass Shootings.