The Trigger Narratives of the American Shooter By Daniel J. Patinkin
A mother's untimely death causes a boy's emotional spiral that culminates in drug-related shooting and twenty-three years in prison; an honor roll student and all-American athlete drunkenly brandishes a shotgun and accidentally shoots a man; a fresh, hopeful Chicago police officer kills an offender while off duty and saves a fellow patrolman; a blue-collar worker suffers a psychotic break and kills his mother. In 2014, there were 8,124 gunshot homicides; the death rate in America from gun homicides is about thirty-one per million people—far higher than almost every other developed nation.

With police incidents, mass shootings, and acts of terrorism, guns remain a controversial and inflammatory topic in the United States. It can be easy to reduce the issue to numbers, or focus on racial tensions or political causes. One quickly forgets that behind each act of gun violence there is a story, a coming together of events that caused it. In The Trigger, Daniel Patinkin brings those stories to the forefront, building moving narratives from exhaustive interviews with six individuals, each of whom have shot and killed someone under different circumstances. In each profile, Patinkin strives to remind us that every perpetrator of gun violence has a face, and that the shooter's story deserves as much attention as the victim’s.
TitleThe Trigger
SubtitleNarratives of the American Shooter
AuthorBy Daniel J. Patinkin
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published19 June 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Daniel J. Patinkin is a Chicago-born writer and businessman. His unique career has spanned the real estate, finance, education, and entertainment industries. He earned a BA in English and history from Indiana University and an MFA in producing from the University of Southern California. He is also the cowriter, with Chris Leben, of The Crippler.

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