Stop the Killing

How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
326 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2023
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Author Biography

Ms. Katherine Schweit is an author, attorney, former Chicago prosecutor, and career Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent. She is the author of Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis, 2nd Edition, and How to Talk About Guns With Anyone. She has published extensively, including opinion pieces in The New York Times and Chicago’s Daily Herald. Ms. Schweit runs Schweit Consulting LLC, providing leadership counseling, security advice, and safety training to hospitals, businesses, religious organizations, educators, and government clients. She is an adjunct faculty member of DePaul University School of Law and Webster University. As a member of the federally funded National Center for School Safety, her expertise in school safety supports the University of Michigan led effort to provide extensive, free resources to school administrators, teachers, parents, and school resource officers.

She is the executive producer for the award-winning film, The Coming Storm, widely used in security and law enforcement training in the United States and relied on by the Department of State worldwide. This work earned her a second U.S. Attorney General Award. A native of Detroit, Ms. Schweit earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and wrote for daily newspapers in Michigan and Chicago. She earned a law degree at DePaul University and joined the Cook County prosecutor’s office as an assistant state’s attorney.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Frank Mutuma for Readers' Favorite

Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis by Katherine Schweit addresses the thorny issue of guns and gun violence. The author has had a noteworthy career, from being in the media to obtaining a law degree and serving as a special agent with the FBI. When the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred, she was chosen as a member of the team to help find a solution. Their report spanning fourteen years of incidents indicated an increase in shootings from an average of 6.4 to around 16.4 annually, yet no one seemed to take note of the escalating problem. When there is a shooting, it is followed by mass anger and numerous calls to support the victims, but generally, it ends there. What is the responsibility of the government and citizens in addressing this issue? This work examines the various issues such as pathways to violence, who, and why.

Stop the Killing by Katherine Schweit contains a wealth of information. The author acknowledges that this is a multifaceted issue that needs to be addressed from many different perspectives. For this reason, this book stood out from most of the others I have read. I found it to be thought-provoking on a variety of levels, such as the role of leadership, the mass media, and the Internet in maintaining a healthy balance in society. I also loved the way that the author provided comprehensive statistics and copious references, indicating that the book is well-researched and can be used as a guide to finding other resources on this subject. The readers will also appreciate the easy-to-understand language used, which makes it accessible to all types of readers. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis details the efforts by Katherine Schweit, her fellow associates, and FBI agents to gather data about active shooters. Assigned to former Vice President Joe Biden’s task force to curb gun violence, Schweit became one of America's most knowledgeable people on the topic. The task force eagerly sought data on active shooters and analyzed statistics to support the findings. The author dispels myths concerning the perceived demographics of the perpetrators and discusses relevant facts, the specific language used when describing targeted attacks, threat assessment teams, and management. Detailed examples are included that illustrate concerning behaviors, while the terminology is clarified.

Katherine Schweit is a leading expert in the field, and her book is a thorough exploration that may help you assess and manage the risks that active shooters pose to your community. Far from breeding fear, the book takes a proactive approach, arming readers with facts, statistics, and knowledge to increase their likelihood of survival should an incident occur. The work explores the fame a shooter generally seeks. It raises the concern that in the past the media has focused too heavily on the shooter and not enough on the victims. Caregivers can use the information they learn to talk to children - even those as young as preschoolers - about gun violence and teach them the fundamentals. Stop the Killing should be read by anyone who hopes to gather information that will help them be more informed about active shooters and prepare others in their community to become more vigilant.

K.C. Finn

Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis is a work of non-fiction in the advice and guidance and sociocultural issues subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Katherine Schweit. The work is a sobering yet empowering book that provides valuable insights and actionable steps to address victims of the mass shooting crisis in America. As the nation's leading mass shooting expert and the creator of the FBI's Active Shooter Program, Schweit offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and combating this pressing issue. The book not only delves into the current status of mass shootings in America but also provides definitions, statistics, and guidance on how individuals can contribute to the solution.

Author Katherine Schweit's expertise shines through as she demystifies complex concepts related to active shooters, threat assessment teams, and more, making the information accessible to a wide range of readers. What sets this book apart from others in the genre is its emphasis on empowering readers with knowledge and actionable advice. By drawing from survivors and responders of past shootings, Schweit adds a human element to the statistics, making the crisis more relatable and urgent. Schweit's inclusion of recent events demonstrates the book's timeliness and relevance whilst also expanding on how long the issue has been prevalent, and it deals with looking after kids particularly well. Overall, Stop the Killing is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand and address the mass shooting crisis, providing not only knowledge but also the motivation to take meaningful action toward a safer future.