Are Mass Shootings a Fact of Life in America?

It has been a particularly violent summer this year. Can we actually pinpoint a single cause?

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A shooting victim lies on the ground after a shooter opened fire near the Empire State Building.

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"There are patterns, ingredients of a person at risk. If we share those we can mitigate many, many perpetrators," he says. "But there is no software, no expert that can predict workplace violence. Aside from a shift in policy, this imperfect system is the best we can do."

Seth Cline is reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him at scline@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter.

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