James Hodgkinson, who wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three other people last month before authorities killed him, had flung dishes at his wife, roared at the television, and erupted during an outing at a local brewery, his widow, Suzanne, tells the New York Times. Ms. Hodgkinson became so concerned with her husband’s growing anger that she wrote to his doctor asking for help. Now, she wonders what more she could have done. “I get up every morning feeling guilty because I didn’t stop it,” she told the Times. “I wake up with hot sweats, thinking: ‘You should have known. You should have known.’”
In the late 1990s, after a long illness, Hodgkinson took a turn, she said. His rage came more suddenly. The number of mass shootings in the U.S. has risen sharply to an average of 16.4 per year between 2007 and 2013, from 6.4 per year between 2000 and 2006. (FBI data on such episodes exclude incidents tied to domestic violence and gangs.) Each of these attacks has left the families of innocent victims awash in pain, with a growing number of people roped into the indelible trauma of a sudden, senseless, violent attack.