The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooters

Why shooters shoot is the question at hand when author Daniel J. Patinkin discusses The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter ($25, Arcade). Much as some people aren't bad people but are instead bad at being people, these are not so much violent individuals as they are individuals doing violent things — with 15,000 gunshot deaths in 2017 alone. You'll hear about a kid who shot his way through a drug deal in South Carolina, a Tennessee teen who killed her abusive father as he slept, and an off-duty cop in Chicago trading fire with a gunman on the loose.


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