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The role of masculinity and mental illness in mass shootings

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Prior to July 20, 2012, James Holmes may have seemed unlikely to carry out a rampage shooting.

An excellent student all the way through high school, Holmes was poised to follow in his father's footsteps with a career as a scientist. Holmes later graduated with a degree in neuroscience from the University of California Riverside, where a chancellor once described him as "the top of the top" in academic performance and "kind of quirky, just the way you expect smart people to be."

But in 2011, Holmes began to struggle.

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