Quick Hits

Can we really predict the next mass shooter/terrorist?

Many say they can predict the next mass shooter/terrorist before they strike; can they really?

Quick Hits – Episode 190 Can we really predict the next mass shooter/terrorist? (

In the wake of a mass shooting or terrorist attack there is inevitably a lot of commentary on why this happened, what it means, and how we can stop the next one before it occurs.  ‘Experts’ tell us they have a plan/model/algorithm which, if used, can provide our protectors with ways to identify and forestall these violent actors.  But do they really have such a plan?  Have a listen as Borealis’ Phil Gurski weighs on on this issue.

Young men, guns and the prefrontal cortex

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About the host Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

4 replies on “Can we really predict the next mass shooter/terrorist?”

I’m damn glad to see you back! Although I should let you know that you should get uploading these two YouTube because I didn’t know you were back until I checked out your website and not every one of your followers will do that. Your opinion is all I care for, so I don’t care much for the quality of production. I’ve seen less effort put into things, listening to podcast and watching opinion videos on a lot of things so you could do worse.

Anyways, Whatever intelligence can be gathered without wavering one’s liberties, should at least be tried. Using official and open sources is already a good idea. If you can work out a potential crime about any wiretapping or Gov cameras, it should be encouraged. I’ll take algorithms and dragnets over a surveillance state any day. Although ultimately, I think this is another example of America’s pitifully feeble gun laws, couple with the rise of white nationalism but a Band-Aid over a problem can still prove a point.

Maybe just a voice over of a slideshow of the subject? That’s if you really can’t do it for yourself – I know it’s easy to say when you’re not doing it, but how hard can it be?

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