What Pushes Shooters Over the Edge?

Super Bowl Tragedy Averted

Last Sunday, Kurt William Havelock drove to the site of the Super Bowl with an assault rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition, vowing to "shed the blood of the innocent," as he wrote in a manifesto that he mailed to media outlets.

For some reason Havelock changed his mind when he reached a parking lot near the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where fans were enjoying pre-game celebrations. He called the police and turned himself in.

"He thought about others, instead of thinking about himself," Welner said. "The guy at the Super Bowl turned back because he focused on humanity of the victims."

"It's a crime of indulgence, to say my fame is more important than your life, but if some spark of humanity can kindle in someone … if we can make those people … connect to the suffering and humanity of it, then they will stop and they will see there's no answer," Welner said.

Click here to read more about Dr. Welner's research.

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